2-week free­dom thief jailed again

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube

A MAN from Bu­l­awayo who was re­leased from prison two weeks ago af­ter serv­ing an eight-year jail term for un­law­ful en­try and theft has been jailed for four years for com­mit­ting a sim­i­lar crime.

Kelvin Ndlovu (29) from Mzi­likazi sub­urb ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya fac­ing un­law­ful and theft charges.

The court heard how Ndlovu and his friend Bhekimpilo Khu­malo, who is on the run, stole prop­erty worth $625 at a house in North End sub­urb last Wed­nes­day at around 2AM.

Ndlovu was in prison since 2009 but it was not re­vealed in court what he had stolen dur­ing that time.In the lat­est case, he pleaded guilty. “I ad­mit the fact that I’m a thief. I stole the prop­erty be­cause I wanted to sell it and raise money to go to hospi­tal. I’m not feel­ing well and I am re­ally sorry that I stole peo­ple’s prop­erty again,” said Ndlovu.

Mr Tashaya sen­tenced Ndlovu to an ef­fec­tive three years in jail. “You were in prison for eight years but it seems like you didn’t learn any­thing. There is no place for peo­ple like you in our so­ci­ety be­cause you are still a threat to peo­ple and their prop­erty,” he said.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Leean Nkomo said on Novem­ber 23 at around 2AM, the ac­cused per­sons broke a kitchen door to gain en­try into a house in North End sub­urb.

“The ac­cused per­sons took one black 24inch Sinotech LED tele­vi­sion to­gether with a re­mote con­trol, one Wiztech de­coder, one silver cook­ing pot, one Philips DVD, one silver ra­dio, and one Sam­sung cell­phone. The com­plainant made a po­lice re­port,” she said.

Ms Nkomo said on the same day, po­lice of­fi­cers act­ing on a tip off ar­rested Ndlovu while he was try­ing to sell some of the stolen prop­erty in Mzi­likazi sub­urb.

She said this led to the re­cov­ery of a tele­vi­sion set, re­mote con­trol, Witztech de­coder, one Phillips DVD and one Silver ra­dio, all worth $505. — @cyn­thi­amthembo1

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