Mercy for cough syrup thief

2012-03-27 07:15

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.

Linah Matshika had been convicted by the Mamelodi Magistrates Court of theft and sentenced to a R2 000 fine or six months in jail. Half the fine and jail term were suspended, The Star reported today.

The 26-year-old managed to pay the R1 000 fine to stay out of jail. However high court judges Brian Southwood and Cynthia Pretorius yesterday 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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