Mogoditshane Kgotla this week lashed a A 35 -year-old man from Kopong on his bare buttocks for stealing police boots.
Patrick Mokao admitted guilt after he was caught with four pairs of Botswana Police Service (BPS) boots identified with code 349396669174192 and a pair of stolen Jordon brand sneakers.
In his defence, Mokao had initially claimed that he bought the shoes from a car boot sales person near Mogoditshane shops.
But without a proof of payment Mokao failed to convince the court that he did not steal the goods and eventually pleaded guilty.
The items were recovered on September 22, during a police search at Mokao’s house after he had been fingered as a suspect in a car break-in.
The five pairs of shoes were exhibited as evidence before Mogoditshane customary court ruled that they be returned to the BPS offices after trial.
In mitigation the thief pleaded with Chief Keabetswe Dihutso to consider the fact that he had children he was taking care of.
The chief took that into consideration and sentenced him to a whipping instead of jail.