Suspended sentence for father of two caught with Mandrax

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AN UNEMPLOYED father of two, Philani Sibya (32) was handed a suspended sentence of six months imprisonment and a fine of R1 800 for possession of one Mandrax tablet, at Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday.

Sibya was arrested by police on April 27 as he prepared to smoke the Class A drug in public and has spent 10 weeks in custody.

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The sentence has been suspended for a period of three years providing the defendant does not commit a similar crime in that time.

Magistrate Botha stressed the seriousness of the charge and told the court that the rise in violent crimes can be attributed to offenders being under the influence of drugs when they commit crime.

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“This sentence will hang over your head for three years and I hope this deters you in future,” said Mr Botha.

The court mitigated the sentence as Sibya showed remorse by pleading guilty and because he is the provider for two minors and is a first-time offender.


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