Bi­cy­cle thief blames star­va­tion

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close by where she was res­cued from be­ing as­saulted fur­ther.”

In her state­ment, Chigiji stated that she was hav­ing an af­fair with Mr Mubaiwa but only be­cause he had told her that he was no longer mar­ried.

“I know the ac­cused per­son as my boyfriend’s ex-wife. She vowed to go to jail for me, shout­ing that she wanted to kill me. She said she wanted to take my shoe with her to Tan­za­nia to be­witch me,” read the state­ment.— @tan­nytkay. A MAN from Gwanda has been jailed for four months for steal­ing a bi­cy­cle and an elec­tric stove af­ter break­ing into an­other vil­lager’s home­stead.

Mlungisi Sibanda (27) of Se­longa vil­lage ap­peared be­fore Gwanda res­i­dent mag­is­trate, Miss No­magugu Ncube fac­ing un­law­ful en­try and theft charges. He was con­victed on his own plea of guilty. The four months jail term was, how­ever, wholly sus­pended on con­di­tion he pays a $450 fine by Au­gust 28.

In mit­i­ga­tion, Sibanda asked the court to be le­nient as he com­mit­ted the of­fence out of des­per­a­tion. He claimed that he was starv­ing to­gether with his fam­ily. “I am un­em­ployed and fail­ing to fend for my fam­ily. I com­mit­ted the of­fence be­cause I wanted to sell the prop­erty so that I raise money to buy food since my fam­ily was starv­ing as we had gone for days with­out a de­cent meal. I am ask­ing for for­give­ness and may the court ex­er­cise le­niency,” said Sibanda.

In pass­ing sen­tence, Miss Ncube said Sibanda was fac­ing a se­ri­ous of­fence and the court could not be seen to be con­don­ing such acts.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Mr Takunda Ma­fudze said on Au­gust 4, Sibanda went to Mr Fiso Ndlovu’s home­stead dur­ing his ab­sence.

Upon ar­rival, he forced open his bed­room door us­ing an iron bar and gained en­try.

He stole a bi­cy­cle and an elec­tric stove and dis­ap­peared from the home­stead with­out be­ing no­ticed.

The court heard that he sold the stolen prop­erty to a friend.

Mr Ndlovu re­turned to his home and dis­cov­ered the of­fence and made a po­lice report.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions led to Sibanda’s ar­rest and the re­cov­ery of the stolen prop­erty. — @pamssmup.

Sithokozile Chigiji

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