By Innocent Tshukudu
A self-confessed thief this week sent a fully packed Mahalapye Magistrates court into a fi t of laughter as he pleaded with the court to free him since the goods he stole had been recovered.
Swartland Ditshego’s co-accused Thebe Thomas sat in the dock looking startled on Tuesday as his crime partner blew away their only hope of defence by admitting to the crime. The two are accused of breaking into a house on May 1 where they stole a corner bath, toilet set, kitchen unit and a gas cylinder.
While the police were still on their trail after the crime, the two broke into another house at Mahalapye’s Flowertown and stole a geyser before they were nabbed.
This week the prosecution applied for the two men’s remand as they were still pursuing a third suspect who was still at large. The court also heard that Thomas still had another theft case and the prosecution feared that if granted bail, the two men might interfere with investigations.
When asked if he had anything to say Thomas complained that he was not being treated fairly by being denied bail. “My previous case should not prevent me from getting bail because it is a separate matter all together. This shows that the prosecution has already convicted me for that offence even before trial,” he quipped.
When confessing to the crime Ditshego rose from the dock and told Magistrate Ishmael Molobe that there was no need for them to be taken back to jail. “Why should we be taken to prison when the items that we stole have been recovered, “ he said to the amusement of the packed courtroom.The case continues.