Beer thieves in trouble

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Two Hwange youthsa�� insatiable thirst for alcohol resulted in one of them being rewarded with a two-year jail term after breaking into a supermarket and making away with a stash of Vodkas, castle cans and a�?batai munhua�? (Chibuku).

Allan Mutegude (24) and Treasure Sibanda (18) both from Madumabisa Village in Hwange almost collapsed when magistrate Lindiwe Maphosa slapped Mutegude who had pleaded not guilty with two years in prison while his counterpart received 15 months.

A remorseful Sibanda had three months conditionally suspended for five years while the remaining 13 months were converted to 420 hours community service.

On the second count of theft he was ordered to perform 210 hours of community service in place of the nine-month prison term which had been imposed on him.

This was after it was taken into consideration that Mutegude was a habitual criminal who had previously been arraigned before the court facing similar offences.

The two plunged the court into laughter when they blamed the wise-waters for the misdemeanor claiming that they were not in control of their action.

a�?Your worship, we were drunk when we committed the offence. The amount of alcohol we took clearly took over our actions. May the court forgive us for this,a�? pleaded Sibanda.

For the state, Charlene Gorerino said sometime on 23 February this year, the duo unlawfully entered Isaac and Jester Dealers through a closed window they forced open with an unknown object.

While inside, they took 35 bottles of Vodka, six castle cans, Chibuku Super, Madison cigarettes, $40 and some groceries belonging to Gratitude Maphosa.

The next day, following a tip-off, police arrested Sibanda while he was selling the merchandise in Lwendulu Village.

He implicated Mutegude, in the process leading to the recovery of $62 worth of stolen goods out of the combined value of stolen goods of $356.