HIGH COURT OF LESOTHO
Case No.:234/04 CR 119/03
Order No.:25/04 Mafeteng District
15/04/03 before the Mafeteng Subordinate Court the accused was found
guilty of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft.
pleaded guilty to the charge.
outline of facts revealed that on the 5/3/03 accused had broken into
the house of 'Mathapelo Kolisang and stole several household
admitted responsibility and facts as stated by the prosecutors. She
has no previous convictions and is a young married mother
with three children aged 9, 5, and 3.
sentence of fifteen years without an option of fine is shockingly
inappropriate to the circumstances of the case.
heard Mr Mokuku for the crown who concedes that sentence of 15 years
is too severe and having heard accused Tahleo Malake
circumstances, sentence is quashed and substituted with the
following: 4 years imprisonment without fine wholly suspended
three years on condition that accused is not convicted of a property
offence involving dishonesty.
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