Teens up for stock theft

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

THREE teenagers have been con­victed of stock theft after they stole 20 pi­geons and five rab­bits re­cently.

Lucky Ny­athi (18) of Mag­wegwe North, Gabriel Yowani (17) of the same sub­urb and Ones­imo Ma­purisa whose age could not be as­cer­tained all ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube fac­ing three counts of steal­ing the pi­geons (inkwilimba) and rab­bits.

Ny­athi and Yowani pleaded guilty to three counts of theft, and Ma­purisa ad­mit­ted one out of three counts, and was ac­quit­ted for the other two as the State proved that he was not there when his ac­com­plices com­mit­ted them.

Ms Dube spared them jail and cau­tioned them for the first count. She, how­ever, slapped them with a $90 fine for the se­cond count. Fail­ure to pay will see them spend­ing 30 days in jail.

Said the mag­is­trate: “Ma­purisa and Yowani you will pay an­other $40 fine for the se­cond count, or al­ter­na­tively spend 10 days in pri­son.”

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Ma­garet Takawira said on Au­gust 21 at around 5AM in Loben­gula West, the com­plainant’s fa­ther was awak­ened by noise and foot­steps in the yard. He woke up his son, Mengezi Nde­bele, who went out­side to in­ves­ti­gate and found out that his eight pi­geons were miss­ing.

“The com­plainant found that un­known per­sons had forced open a fowl run and stolen his eight pi­geons,” said Takawira.

The court heard that on Au­gust 19, Michael Dube of Gwa­ba­landa sub­urb lost 12 pi­geons, which the gang also ad­mit­ted to have stolen.

The pros­e­cu­tor said: “On the fol­low­ing night, the duo stole five rab­bits and two pi­geons from Nor­ton Ndlovu of the same sub­urb.”

The thiev­ing teens were busted when Nde­bele’s friend spot­ted one of them sell­ing a pi­geon for $2 in the streets. Nde­bele iden­ti­fied it as his.

After a scuf­fle with the seller, he pro­ceeded to re­port the mat­ter to the po­lice, lead­ing to the ar­rest of the three.

Pi­geons have a street value of $7 for a male and fe­male pair.

The to­tal value of the stolen stock is $109 and only that worth $55 was re­cov­ered. — @ andile_t­shuma

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