Scottburgh Court Round-up

OFFENCE AGAINST THE PERSON:

• There was some hilarity in Court 1 when the 22 year old Amandawe woman, accused of raping a 15 year old boy, made her second appearance, sporting a top that proclaimed  EVERYONE LOVES A BRAVE GIRL. The accused indicated that she would be pleading not guilty and was remanded in custody, pending the payment of R500 bail and her relocation to Dududu. She reappeared on March 28.

• A 26-year-old self-employed builder and father of 3, appearing on a charge of attempted murder, was denied bail after the court heard that the he had attempted suicide on 3 occasions, and that on the day he was discharged from hospital after the third attempt, he attacked the mother of his youngest child and stabbed her 9 times, in front of half a dozen witnesses. The accused indicated that he would be pleading guilty to the charge. He was remanded in custody pending his trial in regional court on June 5.

THEFT & ROBBERY:

• Manqoba Zama (27) was found guilty on 2 charges of possession of stolen property and 1 count of possession of heroin. He was sentenced to a fine of R1 000 or 2 months in prison on the heroin charge, and 3 years house arrest / correctional supervision on the stolen property charges. During his 36 months of house arrest he will be required to perform 16 hours of community service per month, he is forbidden to use alcohol or non-medicinal drugs, and he is forbidden to leave the magisterial district without permission. Zama admitted to 3 previous counts of theft and was declared unfit to possess a firearm.

• A 35 year old father of 1 pleaded guilty to stealing goods to the value of R285 from Builders Express in Park Rynie. Magistrate van Aarde berated the man for committing a foolish crime which has now earned him a criminal record. The man was fined R800 or 4 months in prison, suspended for 3 years, and was declared unfit to possess a firearm.

• A 20 year old scholar appeared on a charge of stealing 3 litres of machine oil. His case was remanded to March 27 when he will be required to provide proof that he is still in school, before being considered for referral to a social worker.

• A female appearing on a charge of shoplifting was remanded until March 28 when the court refused to accept her claim that she suffered from a split personality and that her “other self” had committed the crime. She already has one previous conviction for theft.

DRUG OFFENCES:

• A 28 year old street vendor pleaded guilty to possession of 28 g of dagga. He was fined R500 or 1 month in prison, suspended for 5 years. Magistrate Mzila expressed her disgust at the high number of offenders appearing in court on drugs charges. She stated that in her first week on the bench in Scottburgh, not a single day had passed without at least one drug user appearing before her.

• A 37 year old father of 3 from Umkomaas pleaded guilty to possession of 76 g of dagga. He was fined R2 000 or 3 months in jail, suspended for 5 years.

  AUTHOR
MSCRS Reporter

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