Fungai Jachi Court Correspondent
A 35-year-old man who stole a motorbike worth $1 800 on Christmas Day was on Tuesday sentenced to one year in prison. Jonathan Nhete of Epworth appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo charged with theft.
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
Mr Mapfumo sentenced him to 15 months in jail of which three months were suspended for five years on condition he does not commit a similar offence during that period.
In assessing the sentence, Mr Mapfumo considered that Nhete was a first offender who showed contrition by pleading guilty.
“I have taken into account that you are a first offender and a family man. However, you committed a serious offence and such offences have become prevalent, therefore, a fine will not be justified in this matter.
“A custodial sentence will serve as an appropriate punishment in this matter,” he said. Facts are that on Christmas Day Nhete went to Nomore Garabwe’s house and stole a motorbike which was parked outside his house.
Nhete was arrested after the motorbike was recovered at his house.
Ms Panashe Bwoni prosecuted.