A troublesome Francistown lunatic was sentenced to five years in jail for armed robbery on Monday.
Although armed robbery attracts a minimum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years, Senior Magistrate Thebeetsile Molalu tempered justice with mercy after taking into consideration the robber’s mental illness.
When passing the light jail sentence, Molalu noted that keeping the mentally disturbed young man in confinement for a prolonged period would not help his fragile state of mind , especially taking into account the fact that he was on medication that needed close monitoring, which would be difficult to do in prison.”
25-year- old Gobe Kgosietsile from Monarch in Francistown was jailed after he confessed to attacking a student nurse and robbing him of a lap-top and mobile-phone sometime in 2009. Gobe admitted to storming into a hostel at the Institute of Health Science (IHS) in Francistown where he hit Emmanuel Mere with a hard object on the head before snatching his HP Lap-Top and a Nokia phone.
In his defence Gobe pleaded insanity and argued that he could not be held accountable for a crime he committed while he was mad. He told court that he was a known mental patient on medication and expressed his fears that his condition would deteriorate if he was to be locked up in jail with no one to monitor his drug prescription.
A report from a psychiatric Doctor proved that proved to the court that Gobe was indeed mentally sick indicated that he suffered from personality disorder and maniac depression caused by a poor upbringing emanating from the death of his mum at the age of 11.
Showing no signs of remorse, Gobe who also has a pending charge of causing a car accident with a car he stole from a prosecutor simply asked the court to order the police to escort him to prison to start his sentence.