Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Zimbabwean pleads guilty to stealing gun and ammunition

On Monday a Zimbabwean national, Calvin Ncube, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and breaking into a motor vehicle before Francistown Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu.

According to the charge sheet, the accused, together with two others not before the court, on 11 January 2011 broke into a vehicle at Donga in Francistown and stole a gun and two rounds of live ammunition.

After the accused pleaded guilty to the offence, the prosecutor, Carol Mantle, asked the court to give an order for the accused to be finger printed to establish if he has any previous counts. The prosecution produced the gun and two live bullets as exhibits.

“I will give an order that the accused be fingerprinted and the court is satisfied that the accused has pleaded guilty to all of the offences and I will convict him on that account,” said the presiding magistrate.

The case was postponed to April 14 for judgment and sentence. The accused has been remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, another 25-year-old Zimbabwean national, Gift Mpofu, appeared briefly before Francistown Principal Magistrate Peggy Madandume facing a single charge of robbery. It is alleged that the accused, on the 1st of April, robbed one Trust Mabutho at knifepoint of his cell phone and clothing.

The accused was not asked to plead as the matter is fresh and preliminary investigations ongoing.
 The prosecutor, Obrie Mmereki, asked the court to remand the accused in custody as he is an illegal immigrant and the court obliged, stating that Mpofu appear for mention on the 19th.

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