Mercy for mom who stole cough syrup

2012-03-27 08:40
Johannesburg - An unemployed single mother who stole a R20 bottle of cough syrup for her sick toddler had her jail sentence reduced by the North Gauteng High Court, The Star reported on Tuesday.

Linah Matshika had been convicted by the Mamelodi Magistrate's Court of theft and sentenced to a R2 000 fine or six months in jail. Half the fine and jail term were suspended.

The 26-year-old managed to pay the R1 000 fine to stay out of jail. However, judges Brian Southwood and Cynthia Pretorius on Monday ordered the clerk of the Mamelodi court to give Matshika her money back.

During a review of the case, the judges also reduced the sentence to a R300 fine, wholly suspended.

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