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Man Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison For Stealing Jerry Can

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A BULAWAYO man was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for stealing a jerrycan valued at $725 from a parked vehicle.

Thabani Sibanda (29) from Emakhandeni suburb stole from Mr. Alvis Ncube (62) of Barbourfields suburb.

Sibanda had pleaded guilty to theft before Bulawayo magistrate Mr. Lizwe Jamela.

Three months of the sentence were suspended for five years on condition that he does not commit a similar offense within the period.

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A further nine months were suspended on condition that he does 315 hours of community service at Emakhandeni Primary School from March 9.

Sibanda told the court that he survives by baking cupcakes and making potato fritters so he stole the jerrycan to buy flour because his wares were confiscated by police.

Prosecuting, Mr. Terrence Chakabuda said on February 25 this year, Sibanda stole the 20-liter jerrycan from Mr. Ncube’s car, which was parked near Choppies Supermarket along Fort Street.

“The complainant spotted the accused person and through the aid of police officers who were on patrol, managed to apprehend the accused person and the jerrycan was recovered,” said Mr. Chakabuda.

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