A juvenile aged 16 was sentenced to four strokes for robbery after he and his 25-year-old accomplice attacked their neighbour and stole his belongings worth $60. His accomplice was slapped with an effective 20-month jail term, Newsday reports.
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, the 25-year-old 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.
The court ordered the teenager to get four strokes of the cane to be administered in private at Bulawayo Prison.
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