Ex-con un­re­pen­tant

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Midlands & North-West News - Mun­yaradzi Doma

AN un­re­pen­tant Zvisha­vane ex-con­vict, who had just been re­leased from jail, will spend an­other eight months be­hind bars for steal­ing from a Good Sa­mar­i­tan who had of­fered him food and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Davis Khu­malo (18) of Mazvi­hwa com­mu­nal lands pleaded not guilty to one count of theft when he ap­peared be­fore Zvisha­vane res­i­dent mag­is­trate Mr Shep­herd Mjanja last Fri­day. Mr Mjanja, how­ever, con­victed Khu­malo due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence and sen­tenced him to six months in prison.

He added a fur­ther two months that had been sus­pended in Khu­malo’s pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion. The State, led by pros­e­cu­tor Mr Ti­nashe Maponde, told the court that on Oc­to­ber 31, around 7am, Dereck Gumbo was at Man­dava Bus Ter­mi­nus in Zvisha­vane when he was ap­proached by Khu­malo, who wanted as­sis­tance.

The ac­cused con­fided in Gumbo that he had just been re­leased from prison and was hun­gry. Gumbo, the court heard, took Khu­malo to his house in Eastlea sub­urb, where he gave him food and ac­com­mo­da­tion for the night.

At around 6pm, the two then went to Man­dava Bus Ter­mi­nus, where Mr Gumbo boarded a bus to Mataga Growth Point, in Mberengwa . The court heard that Khu­malo went back to Mr Gumbo’s house, where he found Mr Gumbo’s drunken fa­ther and stole Gumbo’s clothes dur­ing the night.

Gumbo’s fa­ther dis­cov­ered the theft in the morn­ing and made a for­mal po­lice re­port, lead­ing to Khu­malo’s ar­rest.

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