MASERU — A 26-year-old Maseru man was on Thursday slapped with a five-year jail sentence after he was found in possession of fake South African notes.
Polo Mosothoane, 26, who was found with fake notes amounting to R5 800, pleaded guilty when he appeared before Maseru magistrate, ‘Makopano Taole.
He was however given an option to pay a fine of M5 000.
Mosothoane was convicted of contravening section 9 (1) of Proclamation No.32 of 1937 as amended under section 6 of Counterfeit Currency Act N0.11 of 1979.
The accused was arrested by the police on July 5 following a tip off from members of the public and he was found in possession of R100 South African counterfeit notes amounting to M5 800.
One of the notes had a serial number G/D 0277619 D and was tendered in court as evidence.
In mitigation Mosothoane asked the court to give him a non-custodial sentence as he had a minor child to look after.
After sentencing the court ordered that the counterfeit notes be destroyed.
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