By Staff Reporter
Nyanga: Three Nyanga cattle rustlers were each slapped with nine year jail sentences by a local magistrates who found them guilty of stealing two oxen.
This was after the trio, Christopher Dzimano of Gondokondo village in Nyanga, Konai Nyagombo of Gowera village in Mutoko and Tendai Nyambondo of Chifamba village under chief Katerere in Nyanga, had appeared before Enniah Ndiraya facing stocktheft charges.
Dzimano pleaded guilty to the charges and asked for leniency, saying he committed the offence because he wanted to raise money to pay school fees for his children.
However, Nyagombo and Nyambondo both denied the charges, saying they bought the beasts from Dzimano. They were still convicted due to overwhelming evidence linking them to the offence.
According to state papers, on September 19 at Ruwende village under Chief Saunyama in Nyanga, the suspects collaborated and stole two cattle belonging to Valeria Makora, a 59 year-old nurse at Regina Coeli mission.
On September 22 around 1600 hours, the police received a tip-off to the effect that the stolen cattle had been spotted at Chifamba village, under Chief Katerere.
Police immediately acted on the tip-off by proceeding to Chifamba village.
Upon arrival, they found Nyambodo and Nyagombo with one of the stolen beasts.
Police further questioned them on the whereabouts of the other beast and they confessed that they had sold it to Washton Matedza in Mutoko area.
The stolen beasts, valued at $1000, were recovered and handed over to owner by police.
Cuthbert Bosha prosecuted.