A teenager who snatched a wallet containing more than P10 000 from a tourist was this week sentenced to two years in jail.
19- year-old Kajita Tjihambuma who was arrested and beaten by a mob before he was handed over to the police to face a theft charge expressed shock at the stiff sentence which was handed down by Magistrate Clifford Foroma.
The court was told that Tjihambuma from Mabudutsa ward in Maun snatched a tourist wallet at Markus Complex in Boseja ward while the tourist was shopping for horse paddles.
Tjihambuma snatched the wallet from the counter and bolted but he couldn’t get away as people who were nearby gave chase, caught and beat him until patrolling officers came to his rescue.
Before passing his sentence, Magistrate Foroma said that theft was a serious offence and that the numbers of people appearing before him for the offence kept increasing.
“Ngamiland is a tourist destination and many of you thieves target tourists because you know that you will go free once they go back to their countries,” he said before passing the two year jail sentence and suspending one year for three years on condition that Tjihambuma did not commit a similar offence during that period.
After the sentencing the shocked lad was heard murmuring that being whipped would have been better since he was a first offender.
He also noted that since he saved the court time by pleading guilty, the magistrate should have been a bit more lenient.
He was immediately handcuffed and made to wait for prison vehicle outside court where all eyes were on him.