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Disabled man fined for selling dagga

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A 47-year-old wheelchair bound man of Modimo ward in Letlhakeng this week found himself P5000.00 poorer after he was fined for drug dealing.

Acting on a tip-off, the police found Goitseone Motlamma in possession of dagga weighing 366.6grams at his house on October 19th, 2019.

Upon their search, the court heard, the police retrieved a large transparent plastic bag containing 44 small transparent plastic sachets of dagga next to a gas cylinder.

A white plastic wrapping and two black plastic wrappings were also collected from another house inside a chest of drawers, together with an amount of P258.80 suspected to be proceeds from the sale of dagga.

When asked to state his extenuating circumstances and mitigation, Motlamma pleaded for forgiveness and a non custodial sentence as he said he is a poor man making a living by repairing shoes and also that his girlfriend is pregnant. 

Molepolole Chief Magistrate Goabaone Rammapudi-Lesedi said the accused had committed a very serious offense that deserved punishment.

“The penalty must help to reform the accused from such crimes. Dagga is a habit forming drug therefore it’s very dangerous for ones health and it should not be sold to other people,” she said before she ordered Motlamma to pay the finet before February 12th,2020 failure of which he will be sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.

His return date to confirm payment is February 13th, 2020.

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