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Two Zimbabwean nationals, Mokhululi Dude (40) and Prosper Dude (25) have been sentenced to 30 and 20 years in prison respectively by the Maun Magistrate’s Court for robbery and entering Botswana illegally.
On the first count the duo is said to have on the 19th of October 2021 broken into a house belonging to Zikamee Mbuende at Boseja Ward and robbed her at a knife point a Grey Dale DBI and a gold Samsung J4 cell phones.
They are also said to have on the same day used force to gain entry into the house of Daniel Tlhomelang at the same ward and made away with various house properties.
On the following day, still in Boseja Ward, the convicted foreigners broken into Mosetsanagape Kurusha’s house and robbed her a cell phone and other house items also at knifepoint. The duo was also convicted for entering Botswana through an ungazzeted point.
Delivering the sentence, chief magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu said he took into consideration both accused persons’ mitigation plea for a lesser sentence with the first convict pleading that he has two minor children and an ill father while the second pleaded that that he is still young and that there is still room for him to do good.
“The second accused person had no previous convictions hence the court was treating him as a first time offender however for the first accused person, there was a record of previous conviction of burglary in 2016 which is very much relevant to the counts,” Mulalu noted.
However, Mulalu said the offence of robbery is serious in nature and carries with it a minimum mandatory imprisonment of 10 years unless there are exceptional extenuating circumstances which he did not find in this matter.
“I therefore sentence the accused persons each to 10 years in prison in the first count, another minimum of 10 years each for the second count. The first accused person is sentence to 6 years for the third count and to an imprisonment term of 4 years in the fourth count. The second accused person is also sentenced to a 6 months prison term for the fifth count,” Mulalu delivered.
He ruled that the sentences in all counts and in relation to both the accused persons will run concurrently adding that he also took into account the period of 1 year 2 month in which the accused persons incarcerated pending the finalization of trial.