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Judicial CP - March 2006
Corpun file 19108
Sunday Mail, Harare, 19 March 2006
Teenage thief sentenced to three strokes
By Ngoni Nguruza
A 16-YEAR-old Harare boy will receive three strokes of the
cane for stealing two of his sister's blankets after his mother
urged the magistrate to be ruthless.
Tidings Mavhuse, who lived and worked at his elder sister Tendai
Beta's residence in Highfield, was convicted on his own plea of
guilt by Mbare magistrate Mrs Florence Mudzongo.
The prosecutor, Mr Abel Gumbura, told the court that on January
23 this year, Beta left the accused in custody of her property
while she attended a funeral in Chinhoyi.
Upon her return 15 days later, she discovered that her blankets
were missing and confronted Mavhuse, who admitted to having
stolen the property.
Mavhuse's mother implored Mrs Mudzongo to exact a severe
punishment on the accused, as this was not his first time to
Mrs Mudzongo responded by sentencing Mavhuse to three strokes of
a rattan cane and suspended four months for five years.
Mavhuse will receive his punishment from an experienced
designated member of the police force.
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