Nyanga cat­tle rustlers nabbed

The Manica Post - - The Weekender - Post Cor­re­spon­dent

A NYANGA man learnt it the hard way that crime does not pay when he was slapped with a nine-year jail term af­ter be­ing con­victed of stock theft.

Christo­pher Dz­i­mano was last week con­victed on his own guilty plea by Nyanga Mag­is­trate Ms An­niah Ndi­raya.

Dz­i­mano (34), from Gon­dokondo Vil­lage un­der Chief Saun­yama, was jointly charged with Konai Nyagombo (44) and Tendai Nyam­bondo (34), who both de­nied the charges.

The trio was charged for con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 114 (2) (a) of the Crim­i­nal Law (Cod­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­form) Act, Chap­ter 9:23.

Nyagombo and Nyam­bondo were re­manded in cus­tody to a later date for trial.

The State rep­re­sented by Mr Cuth­bert Bhosha said on Septem­ber 19 and at Ruwende Vil­lage un­der Chief Saun­yama, the sus­pects con­nived and stole two oxen from Va­le­ria Makora’s kraal.

On Septem­ber 22, po­lice re­ceived a tip off about the crime and the sus­pects were spot­ted at Chi­famba Vil­lage.

Cops pounced on the ac­cused per­sons and man­aged to re­cover one of the stolen beasts.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tions the sus­pects re­vealed that they had sold the other beasts in Mu­toko. They how­ever, de­nied steal­ing the cat­tle and in­stead ar­gued that the com­plainant had sold the same to them.

Mean­while, a Mu­tam­bara man also ap­peared be­fore a Mutare mag­is­trate on charges of sell­ing his younger brother’s three cat­tle. The cat­tle were part of the brother’s in­her­i­tance from their fa­ther’s es­tate.

Sa­muel Chinya Zaba (46), of Madziyanike Vil­lage un­der Chief Mu­tam­bara, Chi­man­i­mani de­nied the charges.

He told the court that the cat­tle also be­longed to him. He ar­gued they had both in­her­ited the con­tentious cat­tle from their fa­ther. Zaba was granted $50 bail by mag­is­trate Per­se­ver­ance Makala.

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