Il­le­gal fuel dealer jailed

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Manicaland & Mashonaland East - Man­i­ca­land Correspondent

A MUTARE man has been slapped with 30 days in prison by a city­mag­is­trate af­ter he was found sell­ing diesel with­out a li­cence.

Temp­ta­tion Mako­r­era (23) of house num­ber 4 Mu­rahwa In­dus­trial Site, Green Mar­ket, Sakubva, was charged with con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 29(1) of the Pe­tro­leum Act (Chap­ter 13:22).

Rep­re­sent­ing the State, Miss Per­se­ver­ance Musukuto told the court that on Jan­uary 9, Mako­r­era was found in pos­ses­sion of 5,86 litres of diesel which he was sell­ing near a lo­cal ser­vice sta­tion.

Act­ing on a tip-off, po­lice of­fi­cers ap­proached Mako­r­era pre­tend­ing to be cus­tomers in need of the fuel and bought 5,86 litres of diesel at $2,90 per litre.

The po­lice of­fi­cers then iden­ti­fied them­selves and asked Mako­r­era to pro­duce a li­cence which per­mited him to sell fuel, which he failed to do, lead­ing to his ar­rest.

The diesel was re­cov­ered and seized as an ex­hibit.

Makok­era was sen­tenced to 30 days im­pris­on­ment or $100 fine and the diesel was for­feited to the State.

Mean­while, an­other man ap­peared be­fore Mutare mag­is­trate Mr Tendai Mahwe ac­cused of steal­ing goods worth $1 340 from a house on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions.

Muk­win­didza was fac­ing charges of un­law­ful en­try into premises as de­fined in Sec­tion 131(1) of the Crim­i­nal Law Cod­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­form Act (Chap­ter 9:23).

Al­le­ga­tions were that on the first count, in Septem­ber 2018 at house num­ber 20 Magum­bo­jena, Sakubva, Muk­win­didza en­tered the house and stole two pairs of jeans, a T-shirt and shoes.

On the sec­ond count, in Oc­to­ber 2018, Muk­win­didza re­turned to the same house and stole clothes, a watch, ear­phones, a neck­lace and a jacket con­tain­ing $1 200.

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