Serial housebreaker shows remorse, gets 10 years in jail

2016-07-29 09:54
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Pietermaritzburg - A housebreaker who admitted breaking into 14 different houses in the Hilton, Mount Michael and Boughton areas over several months in 2014 was jailed for 10 years on Thursday.

Goods to the total value of R255 062 were stolen during the various incidents.

Bhekisizwe Nzuza, who is currently serving another two-year jail sentence for housebreaking, admitted he was part of a gang of housebreakers at the time who targeted houses while the owners were not at home.

In some instances windows and doors were broken to gain entry to the premises.

His legal aid attorney, V. M. Khumalo, showed regional court magistrate Mishi Singh a series of pencil drawings that Nzuza claimed he drew while in prison. He said Nzuza had said he wants to become a law-abiding citizen when he gets out of jail.

Singh told Nzuza when sentencing him that she hoped that he would rehabilitate himself in jail and that he would put his “heart and soul” into his artwork instead of crime.

She said his crimes were extremely serious.

If he was sentenced for each housebreaking individually he would have faced jail sentences of five years on each count, she said.

“This would be a total of 70 years,” she said.

She said, however, since he had pleaded guilty she would not sentence him for each individual incident, but take them together.

Singh said one of the “worst things” for a homeowner was to lock up their home and come home to find it had been invaded and their property — which they had worked hard for — gone.

She said the owners of the houses he admitted having broken into probably also found themselves having to pay higher insurance premiums because of the break-ins.

“Each individual works hard for what they have. You must understand that you cannot have that which does not belong to you,” she told him.

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