Boy (15) in court over stealing from mother


A 15-YEAR-OLD Mkoba boy appeared before a Gweru court last week on allegations of stealing R13 300 from his mother.


The boy (name withheld) pleaded guilty to the charges when he appeared before magistrate Judith Taruvinga and the sentencing has been deferred to tomorrow.

Asked what he did with the money, the boy said he spent it with friends and would occasionally hire cars to get to places they wanted to go to.

“I spent the money with my friends and we sometimes we would hire cars so that we could go to places we wanted to that were far,” he said.

The court heard that on October 2 2014, the accused’s mother left for South Africa, leaving behind her four children, including the accused, and R15 000 rand in her bedroom in their Mkoba residence.

While the mother was in South Africa, she called the accused’s sister on November 15 and instructed her to exchange the
R15 000 rand for United States dollars.

The sister, however, told the mother that instead of R15 000, there was only R1 700 in the bedroom. The mother then returned from South Africa on December 31 and interrogated the whole family on the whereabouts of her money. The son then confessed but nothing was recovered.