Good day, my husband was arrested yesterday for shopliftng at checkers. He ordered a russian and chicken wings from the deli, ate it while walks ng around in the shop and then wanted to leave without paying for it. Security guards stopped him and took him to tje managers office. He got out on bail and his court appearance is on tomorrow. This is his first offence. What is the most likely sentence he will receive?
First offenders for a minor offense are not sent to jail. He will likely be given a fine of up to 1000 rands. Alternatively he may be given a suspended sentence of up to 6 months imprisonment on condition he does not do it again within 3 years . Meaning he will be free to go home but if he commits theft within 3 years and gets convicted he will automatically go to jail for 6 months for this offense.