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The Voice, Francistown, 28 August 2015

Lashed

Beer thief gets seven strokes of the cane

By Shingirai Madondo

An imbiber who stole an assortment of beer brands at a bar in Francistown three years ago was last Monday sentenced to seven strokes of the cane on bare buttocks.

33-year-old Clement Sibanda of Kgaphamadi location was convicted on his own plea of guilty to two counts of bar breaking and theft by Francistown principal magistrate, Thebeetsile Mulalu.

He was also sentenced to three years behind bars but the prison term was wholly suspended on condition that he does not commit an offense involving theft over a period of two years.

The thief was arrested back in 2012 when a police search found him drunk and fast asleep with the stolen loot stashed in one corner of his rented room.


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He however disappeared soon afterwards only for the long arm of the law to catch up with him two weeks ago.

In court, Sibanda quickly admitted to stealing beers worth P25,338 on November 22, 2012.

"Crime does not pay. And this sentence should serve as a reminder that following criminal ways is dangerous," said the magistrate, adding that there are a lot of government programmes that one can take up to earn an income.

The bar owner has applied for monetary compensation from the convict.

Thandi Poloko prosecuted the matter while the convict had no legal representation.

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