A thief from Binga handed himself to the police after a self-styled prophet told him that the owner of the property had placed a death spell on him.
Earnmore Thobela (25) fell sick sometime after stealing cash, clothes and electrical gadgets from a “Good Samaritan” two years ago.
The court was told that sometime in 2020, Thobela found a job near Last Tshuma’s workplace in 2020, in Filabusi but he had no place to stay. Tshuma then offered him accommodation.
On an undisclosed date, Tshuma allegedly left Thobela at the house and went to his workplace.
Taking advantage of Tshuma’s absence, Thobela stole US$130, two blankets, two black jeans, a pair of shoes, an Itel cell phone and a speaker and disappeared.
In December 2021, Thobela reportedly fell seriously ill and went on to consult a prophet.
The faith healer reportedly told him that the owner of the stolen items was angry and cursed him with death.
Thobela then handed himself to the police in Filabusi for fear of death and was promptly arrested.
He pleaded guilty to a theft charge when he recently appeared before Filabusi magistrate Abednico Diliza Ndebele.
The magistrate sentenced Thobela to eighteen months imprisonment but he will serve only six months behind bars.
Six months of the original sentence were suspended because he was a first-time offender and did not waste the court’s time.
A further six months were suspended on condition that he restitutes the owner of his stolen items.