The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Septem­ber 30, 1966 — Thomas Ana­nia Ndlovu (36) was sen­tenced to a to­tal of 15 years’ jail when, at the Re­gional Court, Bu­l­awayo, yes­ter­day, he was con­victed of four counts of theft, as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous body harm, and at­tempted mur­der.

Ndhlovu, who is a mem­ber of a gang of four Africans who hit a night watch­man un­con­scious and left him in the bush with his hands tied be­hind his back and a sack pulled over his head and body, is to serve 10 years — five years on three counts are to run con­cur­rently.

He ad­mit­ted he was a mem­ber of a gang that broke into the Water­ford Bot­tle Store af­ter at­tack­ing the night watch­man on July 15. The night watch­man, Mr Peter Mh­langa, was saved by a passerby. He had head in­juries and a bro­ken rib.

His wrists were tied to­gether with wire. Liquor, food, cloth­ing and other ar­ti­cles val­ued at £160 were stolen from the bot­tle­store, Mr Ernest Bot­timer told the court. Only £3 worth of the stolen goods had been re­cov­ered. Ndhlovu was also charged with break­ing into the Glen­garry Bot­tle Sore on April 12, 1965. Liqour and food­stuffs val­ued at £41 7s were stolen.

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer, De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Al­bert Hedges, told the mag­is­trate, Mr DM Close, That 34 bot­tle­stores were bro­ken into in Bu­l­awayo between July 1, 1966.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Hedges said liquor val­ued at more than £2 400 had been stolen. Only £94 worth of liquor had been re­cov­ered.

Ndhlovu pleaded guilty to steal­ing two cars which the gang used on the nights of July 14 and Au­gust 3, when they at­tacked a night watch­man at the Hill­top Store, Es­sex­vale Road.

Although he pleaded guilty to all charges dur­ing the trial, he later changed his pleas on the as­sault and at­tempted mur­der charges.

When the trial started he pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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