Man jailed 10 months for possessing 600g of dagga

HARARE - A 21-year-old Kuwadzana man was slapped with a 10 months’ imprisonment after being caught with 600 grammes of marijuana.

Shawn Tekedai of 5471 Kuwadzana 7, Harare was convicted of contravening section 157 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law which prohibits possession of dagga before Harare magistrate Bianca Makwande.

Of the 10-month prison term, three were suspended on condition that Tekedai does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.

He will serve an effective seven months.

“The accused person is a youthful offender and it is the policy of these courts that young persons should be kept out of prison in most cases. However, the accused person was found with a substantial amount of dagga that suggests that he was distributing or selling it,” Makwande said as she handed down the sentence.

“Dagga is a mood altering drug that has serious health consequences. The accused person’s conduct was to make sure that it affected other people and a custodial sentence will justify the offence.”

Prosecutor Audrey Chogumaira proved that on October 13 this year around 6pm, detectives from the Police Protection Intelligance Unit, Harare were tipped that Tekedai was in possession of dangerous drugs.

They further established that Tekedai would be at corner Abercon and Kaguvi Street in Harare.

Police officers swiftly reacted to the information and went for Tekedai.

When they arrived at the scene, Tekedai was carrying a brown satchel and they introduced themselves.

The cops informed Tekedai that they suspected him to be dealing in dagga before conducting a search on his body.

Inside Tekedai’s satchel was a black paper bag with dagga stashed inside.

Tekedai was subsequently arrested and brought to court.

The recovered dagga was weighed at Harare Main Post Office and recorded a total of 0,628 kilogrammes with a street value of $30.

Comments (6)

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dreams - 20 October 2016

Harare magistrate Bianca Makwande should stick to referencing and interpreting the laws contained in their chapters and sections. The mood and health implications of marijuana is definitely not her speciality, and her attitude towards cannabis, like many Zimbabweans, is old and ignorant. Tobacco and alcohol have far worse health consequences but we don't hear magistrates blabbering about them. Make your judgement based on the laws then SHUT UP !!

Lucky - 20 October 2016

Sad that such a powerful medicinal plant that nobody has ever died of is treated like this. Who is the victim here? When will we catch up? America is making MILLIONS of dollars out of legal Cannabis and South Africa jokes about Zimbabwean money being toilet paper. We need to read more and wake up.

Charl Filipe Henning - 20 October 2016

busy arresting unemployed youths ,most of whom became unemployed because of some unsound political and economic setup .know we do have senior citizens who have looted some are still looting but we have an old dying leader whose aid towards these perpetrators is well documented .why cant we make examples of our failed leaders first imprison them .then we teach the juniors that zvikuita jonso,mugabe,kasukuwere,mpofu,munangagwa muenzaniso wakaora.....

murambatsvina - 21 October 2016

More proof that Robert Mugabe is a Imperialist-puppet... Zimbabwe oppresses the Nationals with colonialist laws! Mbanje is a beneficial herb. Mugabe works for the Fascist Zionist parasites

Philip Gunnell - 21 October 2016

Science informs that dagga is a therapeutic plant. Rather the police focus on real crime than harass people who choose to use this beneficial plant.

sagymrat - 22 October 2016

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