By Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu
A Bulilima man who was arrested for possessing dagga told the court that he used the illegal plant contain a problem of nose bleeding that he had.
Sibangilizwe Ncube of Figtree area was convicted on his own plea of guilty to unlawful possession of dangerous drugs by Plumtree magistrate Joshua Mawere.
He was ordered to pay a $50 fine by March 31 or serve 30 days imprisonment in case of default.
“I have a problem of nose bleeding Your Worship. I use the dagga to stop the nose bleeding. Whenever my condition starts I burn the dagga leaves and I inhale the smoke. It really works for me and it helps me,” said Ncube in his mitigation.
Prosecuting, Elisha Mazorodze said police detectives recovered six twists of dagga from Ncube while he was at Monkton Business Centre on March 4 around 7pm.
He said police detectives received a tip off that Ncube had dagga.
The recovered dagga weighed 0.026 kilogrammes.
In a related incident a 52-year-old woman from Huwana Village in Bulilima District has been sentenced to 210 hours of community service after she was found in possession of 16 twists of dagga.
Ivy Sibanda was convicted on her own plea of guilty to unlawful possession of dangerous drugs by Plumtree magistrate Taurai Mawere.
She was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and six months were suspended on condition that she does not commit a similar offence within the next five years.
The remaining six months were further suspended on condition that she performs 210 hours of community service at Ngwana Primary School.
Prosecuting, Rose Sibanda said detectives recovered the dagga hidden in Sibanda’s homestead.
“On 6 February around 10am police detectives received a tip off that Sibanda was selling dagga at her homestead. Upon arrival at her home they found 16 twists of dagga which were hidden and Sibanda was arrested immediately,” she said.
In her mitigation Sibanda told the court that she was selling the dagga in order to sustain her family.
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