BLESSED Mahlangu, a Form Three pupil at Mabhikwa High School in Lupane has been sentenced to 36 months in jail after he broke into a shop and stole a cellphone.
Mahlangu (19) is not a newcomer to the courts as he was once convicted of robbery he committed in June 2019.
It appears criminal life has even affected his education as he is only in Form Three at the age of 19, when under normal circumstances one should be completing Advanced Level at that age.
Mahlangu was convicted on his own plea by Lupane resident magistrate Mr Ndumo Masuku.
He sentenced him to 30 months in jail.
The six months that were set aside on condition of good behaviour in 2019 were brought into effect meaning
Mahlangu will serve an effective 36 months.
Part of the sentence in 2019 was 140 hours of community service he performed at Mpofu Primary School.
Mr Masuku said in sentencing Mahlangu, the court considered that he was a repeat offender.
Prosecuting, Mr Clive Gumbo said Mahlangu stole a phone belonging to Ms Previous Dube (24) of Newlands in Lupane.
“On the 24th day of September 2021 at around 8pm, the complainant left her silver Lenovo cellphone in the shop connected to the charger before she locked the doors to secure the premises. The accused proceeded to the shop at Lupane Beer Garden and used an unknown object to unlock the door and gain entry,” said the prosecutor.
While inside, Mahlangu stole the phone and went away.
Ms Dube discovered that her phone was missing when she opened the shop the following day and reported the matter to the police.