A 25 -year-old Mzilikazi man was slapped with an effective 20-month jail term while his accomplice, a juvenile aged 16, was sentenced to four strokes for robbery after they attacked their neighbour and stole his belongings worth $60.
William Thubelihle Dlomo and the 16-year-old boy, both of Mzilikazi, pleaded guilty to robbery and assault charges when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Sherpard Mnjanja last Wednesday.
Dlomo was sentenced to 26 months in jail, but had four months of the sentence suspended for three years on condition of good behaviour.
Another two months were suspended on condition he restituted the complainant, leaving him with an effective 20-month jail term.
The court ordered the teenager to get four strokes of the cane to be administered in private at Bulawayo Prison.
The court heard that on July 8, the complainant Michael Thebe of Mzilikazi was drinking beer at a city sports club where the pair were also revellers.
Thebe later decided to hire a taxi to take him home, but the pair dissuaded him saying they would accompany him since they stayed in the same neighbourhood.
However, when they reached Mzilikazi Clinic, Dlomo started punching Thebe accusing him of robbing his girlfriend.
In the ensuing mêlée, the teenage boy stole Thebe’s cellphone and a $20 note before fleeing.
Thebe reported the matter to police, leading to their arrest. two.