Teen girl pleads guilty to theft spree

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JWANENG: A 19-year-old woman pleaded guilty to a string of thefts at the Jwaneng Magistrate Court this week. Phatsimo Ijani was remanded in custody after she admitted stealing a vehicle, cell phones and various goods.

It is said she stole a black Hyundai vehicle worth P28,000 last month in Jwaneng. She is alleged to have stolen goods amounting to P1,27.80 and P5,565 on separate occasions. The prosecution, led by Sub-Inspector Edwin Supang, asked the court to remand the young woman in custody because she is a flight risk.

“The accused is living a nomadic life and thus poses a threat of absconding trial. She told the investigating officer that she was from Pheto ward in Maun but later changed and said she was from Tutume. I also fear that the accused might interfere with state witnesses,” Supang said. Ijani declined an invitation to challenge the prosecution’s demand for her remand. She acknowledged that the prosecution’s statements why she should not be given bail were truthful.

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