By Sifiso Nhlabatsi | 2017-12-07
Three pupils from Swazi National High School in Matsapha broke into the office pf the school’s deputy principal and stole among other things E3 000 that belonged to a stokvel.
The pupils who cannot be named for ethical reasons broke into Alpheus Dlamini’s office on Tuesday where they helped themselves to an Acer laptop valued at E6 000, four cellphones valued at E4 000, black headphones worth E150 and the stokvel money.
The three were seen by some pupils who were still around the school who promptly reported them.
They made their court appearance yesterday at the Matsapha Circuit Court before Magistrate Mthokozisi Dlamini.
They were charged with housebreaking and theft.
According to the charge sheet, the three on December 5, acted jointly and with a common purpose broke into an office belonging to Dlamini at Swazi National High School.
The total amount of the stolen items and the cash adds up to E13 150.
During their court appearance, the three scholars were accompanied by their parents because of their age.
They all pleaded guilty to the charges of housebreaking and theft.
The crown led its only witness, Dlamini (deputy principal) who informed the court that he left the office locked and when he came back he found the door slightly opened.
He discovered that there were items which were missing including the money.
Even though the pupils pleaded guilty to stealing some of the items they pleaded not guilty to stealing the money and three celphones.
Before passing sentence Magistrate Dlamini warned the pupils against engaging in such behaviour.
He stated that the act of breaking into one’s house is a very serious offence which is prevalent these days. The accused were each sentenced to two years imprisonment with a fine option of E4 000.
He however exercised some leniency and suspended half of the sentence.
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