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Vic Falls woman in court for stealing alcohol

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A 35-YEAR-OLD woman was yesterday arraigned before the magistrate’s court facing allegations of stealing alcohol, an assortment of toiletries and weaves mounting up to $115 from TM Supermarket in Victoria Falls.

Nokuthaba Dlamini
Own correspondent

Mayibongwe Nkomo was convicted on her own plea of guilty when she appeared before Victoria Falls resident magistrate Sharon Rosemani.

For the State, Takunda Ndovorwi told the court that on October 17 at around 5pm, Nkomo entered TM Supermarket and took two Nivea Happy Times, two Adidas Ice Dive deodorant, two Johnnie Walker Red Label whiskeys, three Vivian hairpiece packets, one Jazz hairpiece packet, Adidas Dynamic Pulse, four Protex for men soap tablets, two Ingram’s Camphor Cream lotions and Yardley English Blazer, put the goods in her handbag and exited the shop without paying .

Nkomo was spotted by police officers who arrested her and recovered the stolen goods. All goods were scanned at TM and confirmed that they had been taken from the shop.

The value of the stolen goods was $114,60.

Asked by the magistrate why she stole, Nkomo said she wanted to sell the goods and take care of her children.

“I am a mother of four and I am not married,” she said.

“Their fathers are not supportive. My last born child is disabled, so I stole so that I get money for school fees and food.”

Rosemani said she had considered her mitigation, but what aggravated the offence was the way she stole.

“In coming up with appropriate sentence, I considered your mitigation — that you are a single mother with four children and one of your children is disabled – plus with the general trend female sentencing is more lenient and lighter, but what I find undesirable is that you show some dishonesty because you were able to get into a big supermarket and put all those stolen goods in a handbag without being caught. It simply shows that you are good at stealing,” she said.

Nkomo was sentenced to a two month wholly suspended sentence on condition she does 70 hours of community services at the registry offices.

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