5 years jail for $8 gold

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wynne Zanamwe

A 28- year-old man from Gweru has been sen­tenced to five years im­pris­on­ment for il­le­gally pos­sess­ing gold worth $8.

Sa­muel Murindi who re­sides at num­ber 722 Mkoba 4, Gweru ap­peared be­fore Gweru Mag­is­trate Mr Tayengwa Madan­hire fac­ing one count of pos­sess­ing 0, 23 grammes of gold with­out a permit or li­cence.

Murindi was con­victed against his own plea of not guilty.

Mr Madan­hire sen­tenced him im­pris­on­ment. The gold was for­feited to the State. Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms He­len Khosa, told the court that on Jan­uary 12 in 2014 de­tec­tives con­ducted a stop and to five years search op­er­a­tion in Mkoba sub­urb.

She said the op­er­a­tion was mainly tar­geted at il­le­gal gold deal­ers and gold pan­ners.

“Dur­ing the pa­trol, the of­fi­cers re­ceived in­for­ma­tion to the ef­fect that the ac­cused was in pos­ses­sion of gold.

“Re­act­ing to the in­for­ma­tion, the of­fi­cers ap­proached the ac­cused per­son who was at house num­ber 2182 Mkoba 14, Gweru.

“The of­fi­cers in­tro­duced them­selves and their pur­pose of pa­trol and con­ducted a body search on the ac­cused,” said Ms Khosa.

The court heard 0,23 grammes of gold was found in his right pocket.

The ac­cused was asked to pro­duce doc­u­ments au­tho­ris­ing him to pos­sess the gold but he failed lead­ing to his ar­rest.

“The re­cov­ered gold was sent to as­say and it was found that it con­tains 0.23g of pure gold val­ued at $8.42,” said Ms Khosa.— @wyn­nezane.

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