Although it did not prevent him kicking, punching and beating his girlfriend victim, a herdboy has been spared a prison sentence due to poor health.
37-year-old Gaolekwe Khudu walked free after a Francistown magistrate took into account the convicted man’s state of health, and the fact that he was a first offender and the breadwinner for his family.
Handing out a P900 fine Magistrate Sijabuliso Siziba said that although it was in the best interests of society to impose a deterrent sentence on people fuelling domestic violence, Khudu was entitled to mercy.
“The approach of the law is to be lenient on a first offender,” he said, pointing out that a prison term often turned wrongdoers into hardened criminals.
The magistrate advised Khudu not to engage in further criminal activity because he would not be a candidate for leniency in future.