A 49-YEAR-OLD mine employee has been fined $100 for shoplifting goods worth $10 from OK supermarket in Gwanda last year.
Sibangilizwe Mthunywa, employed as a driller at Vumbachikwe Mine, pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared before magistrate Olivia Mashava Mashaire last Friday.
What aggravated the offence, the court ruled, was the fact that Mthunywa stole out of greed since he is gainfully employed by the mine.
The court heard that on the day of the robbery, Mthunywa entered the local OK Supermarket at around 6pm.
Whilst inside he took a royco packet, two packets of Madison cigarettes, two boxes of matches, 17 pain Eeze tablets, four packets of Gillette razor blades and four pin pops sweets all valued at $10.40.
He stuffed the loot into his overall pockets.
A security guard however, stopped Mthunywa as he tried to walk out of the supermarket. The guard had been alerted by the shop’s closed-circuit television operator.
The stolen articles were all recovered, leading to Mthunywa’s arrest.
In mitigation, the father-of-five pleaded with the magistrate not to give him a custodial sentence saying he would lose his job if incarcerated.