Forg­ing DStv trade­mark back­fires Trio jailed for $30 rob­bery

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Harare Metropolitan News - Vic­tor Maphosa Herald Re­porter Tendai Ru­papa Se­nior Court Re­porter

AD­VER­TIS­ING prod­ucts with a forged DStv trade­mark has back­fired for a 21-year-old Harare woman who was yes­ter­day fined $100.

Rumbidzai Eve­lyn Sibanda was con­victed by Harare mag­is­trate Ms Til­dah Mazhandu af­ter the State suc­cess­fully proved its case.

Sibanda was given up to Novem­ber 17 this year to pay the fine or face 30 days in prison.

DStv was rep­re­sented by Par­don Matik­iti, the com­pany’s risk man­ager.

Pros­e­cu­tor Shu­mi­rai Nhira proved that Sibanda and her col­leagues, who have since ap­peared in court on the same charge, con­tra­vened Sec­tion 85(1)(a) of the Trade­mark Act (Chap­ter 26:05), which pro­hibits “per­form­ing a ser­vice to which a forged reg­is­tered trade­mark is ap­plied”.

It is the State’s case that on Oc­to­ber 23 this year, mem­bers of the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice and Matik­iti re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that Sibanda was sell­ing prod­ucts mas­querad­ing as a DStv agent.

Po­lice from the li­cence in­spec­torate and CID Stu­dios pro­ceeded to 75 Char­ter THREE Harare men will spend the next three years in prison for steal­ing goods worth $30 from a house in Mt Pleas­ant at knife­point.

Tatenda Chiura, Brighton Chok­wenda (both aged 27) and Rash­ford Banda (29) pleaded guilty to armed rob­bery charges when they ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Ms Josephine Sande.

Banda was once em­ployed at the house as a gar­dener and ac­cord­ing to his tes­ti­mony, he owed Chiura and Chok­wenda some money so they hatched a plan to rob his for­mer em­ployer.

The trio roped in a fe­male ac­com­plice who is still at large.

Ms Sande sen­tenced them to four years each in jail be­fore set­ting aside one year on each term on con­di­tion of

Road where Sibanda op­er­ates from, and con­ducted a search.

Dur­ing the search, po­lice dis­cov­ered that Sibanda was sell­ing Mul­tiChoice de­coders and reg­is­ter­ing them good be­hav­iour.

They will now serve three ef­fec­tive years be­hind bars. The pros­e­cu­tor Miss Au­drey Chogu­maira urged the court to im­pose a custodial sen­tence say­ing a fine or com­mu­nity ser­vice would triv­i­alise the of­fence and the court con­curred.

On Novem­ber 6, the trio con­nived with their fe­male ac­com­plice who is still at large and hatched a plan to steal from Banda’s for­mer em­ployer.

The quar­tet pro­ceeded to house num­ber 350 Twick­en­ham Drive, Mt Pleas­ant. On ar­rival at the house, the gang scaled the pre­cast wall and pro­ceeded to the do­mes­tic work­ers’ quar­ters.

The gang con­fronted the gar­dener Charles Katawa and man­han­dled him be­fore ty­ing his hands and legs with a piece of cloth and left him in his room.

with Mul­tiChoice South Africa us­ing ad­dresses in South Africa when, in fact, the cus­tomers were in Zim­babwe.

It was also dis­cov­ered that Sibanda was ad­ver­tis­ing the same prod­ucts with

They then pro­ceeded to the main house where they man­han­dled the maid, Sarudzai Muchadenyika. One of them took a kitchen knife and threat­ened to stab Muchadenyika if she did not com­ply with their de­mands.

They tied her hands and legs and or­dered her not to scream and ran­sacked the house and stole Muchadenyika’s mo­bile phone, a work­suit and two small empty safe boxes all val­ued at $30.

The court fur­ther heard that the gang also took a plas­tic bag, which con­tained old Zim­bab­wean coins.

As they were busy ran­sack­ing the house, Katawa man­aged to un­tie him­self and alerted neigh­bours.

The trio was ap­pre­hended while still in­side the house, but their fe­male ac­com­plice man­aged to es­cape with the loot.

a forged DStv trade­mark, thereby de­ceiv­ing cus­tomers that she was a reg­is­tered Mul­tiChoice agent.

Po­lice seized 19 DStv de­coders dur­ing the search.

Dr Moyo

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