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Criminal Procedure - Sentence - Theft by employee from Employer - Mitigating and aggravating circumstances discussed - Appellant a first offender who tendered a guilty plea - A sole provider for minor children - Being a sole caregiver no basis to treat appellant differently in sentencing unless it was established through evidence that such directly impacted on her capability not to appreciate the wrongfulness of he

Criminal Procedure – Discharge of an accused at the close of the state CASE– The test is whether a reasonable court acting carefully may convict – Duty of court to protect an accused’s right against self-incrimination – Whether prima facie case becomes proof beyond a reasonable doubt if accused elects to say nothing in his defence.