Magisgtrate unsympathetic to petty thief’s stress please

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JWANENG: Pleas for sympathy fell on deaf ears when 18-year-old Omphemetse Tolo of Mokhomma village came before Jwaneng Magistrate Odirile Mokgatle to face charges for house breaking and theft yesterday.

At the start of the trial, Tolo told the court that he was not fit for trial as he is still traumatised by his sibling’s car accident. But the magistrate refused to postpone the matter, stating that the accused has a tendency of absconding trial, Mokgatle noted that during the last mention, the case was postponed  when the accused claimed not to be  well but could not produce any tangible evidence.

The complainant, Nicodimus Kgorotlhe who is a police officer at Mokhomma police post revealed that on November 7 last year, while in company of his friends, he saw the accused speaking to one of his friends, Solofelang Obeeng. He said he overheared Obeeng telling Tolo that Kgorotlhe was leaving his place to drop them off at their respective places. After they left, the accused jump through the window of the complainant’s house and stole cash amount of P1, 800, cellphone, a hat, an unfilled land board form and a box of matches.

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Shame on the Police!

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