Zimbabwe thief begs to be jailed for life

2012-07-31 13:28

Harare - Zimbabwe's prisons are often condemned for squalid overcrowding but a thief begged a magistrate to lock him up permanently, saying life was better behind bars, state media reported on Tuesday.

Repeat offender Lovemore Manyika, 22, pleaded for life imprisonment in a note during mitigation after he was convicted for housebreaking.

"Life in prison is better than life in the streets," Manyika is reported to have said in his note which was read out by the state prosecutor, according to The Herald newspaper.

"May I have life in prison."

But the court sentenced Manyika to three years in jail.

Prosecutors said Manyika scaled a security wall at a block of flats in July before entering an apartment through a toilet window and stealing various electrical gadgets, two Apple iPhones and $1 800 cash.

The magistrate suspended six months of Manyika's sentence on condition that he pays back $1 956, the paper said.

Zimbabwe's prisons have been condemned by rights activists as unfit for human habitation and inmates often suffer from communicable diseases while food is in short supply.

  • Barefoot - 2012-07-31 14:31

    So this week people actually want to be locked up - and i thought nothing would surprise me anymore

      Spiral - 2012-07-31 14:48

      Its sad when you think that Mugabe is stuffing Zim up that badly that people have better lives in prison!

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-07-31 15:07

      Gee. I wish our thieves would beg for lengthy jail terms.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-31 18:33

      Lets improve prison conditions so that they will report for sentencing after confessing to their crimes. At least we will have some peace on the outside.

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-07-31 14:35

    Its really been a 'Has the World gone MAD' week. Some woman from Ohio in the US was reported to be caught trying to break into a prison. And now this???? Are we missing something those of us trying to live a free and prosperous life?

  • hasani.malungana - 2012-07-31 14:49

    Mr. mugabe must hear this.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-07-31 19:13

      Damn right, two Apple iPhones in Zimbobwe?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-31 15:07

    It does make one wonder why so many ANC supporters refer to Zim as a shinning example of achievement and something that SA should aim towards (and actually is aiming towards). I wonder what planet they're from, or if they even understand what is happening in Zim? Scary.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-31 21:19

      As with voters here, you first read the book (policies and viva speeches), then you get shown the trailer (bling, 1 perfect RDP house replete with flush toilet and 2 light bulbs) but very few get to see the movie, let alone live it day in and day out. And some don't want to know about the people in refugee camps why they'd risk crocodiles, camps, deportation and now even jail rather than go back. That's WAY too much reality, the book was better :)

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-31 16:10

    oohh please Manyika dont be silly you have a home in SA havent you heard already? Just come home we will care for you here like we doing with the rest of your family. Look for a healthy filled up crocodile you'll get a nice ride on it's back and walla you'll be in Limpopo in no time!!! Have a nice journey!!!

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-07-31 19:19

      Don't you mean Limpoep*l?

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-07-31 17:24

    Get real bru!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-31 21:20

      That IS his reality.

  • tatsee - 2012-07-31 22:17


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