ZIMBABWE – A teenage boy was spared a jail term after he was ordered to perform 480 hours of unpaid work for illegally trading dagga.
Innocent Vanhuhavawone, of Milton Park Harare, was initially slapped with 12 months in jail when he appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe.
Magistrate Mahwe set aside four months of the term for five years on condition that he does not commit a similar offence within that period.
The remaining eight months were also set aside on condition that he performs community service at Belvedere Clinic.
Innocent was being charged of illegally possessing dagga.
It was the State’s case that on December 30 last year at round 2pm detectives from CID Drugs Section received information to the effect that the 17-year-old was in possession of dangerous drugs.
They then proceeded to No.11 26 Crescent Warren Park where they saw him selling dagga through the precast wall.
Detectives then approached Innocent whilst he was busy trading the illegal drugs.
Searches were made and he was found in possession of eight sachets of dagga and some other loose ones which was on the floor.
The teenager was arrested and taken to court where he admitted to possessing the dagga.
He was then ordered to perform unpaid work at Belvedere Clinic as form of punishment.