A Charandura man will languish in prison for the next nine years following his conviction for stocktheft after stealing a calf, valued at $250.
Misheck Mtambiyaya (34), of Magama village under Chief Gambiza in Charandura, was convicted on his own plea of guilty to stocktheft when he appeared before magistrate Rutendo Muchena on Friday.
Said Muchena before passing sentence: “Stocktheft cases are becoming uncontrollable, and the law has to play a role and assist farmers in protecting their livestock.
“The sentence has to act as a warning to would-be offenders that it is a serious offence, punishable with a custodial sentence.”
The court heard on August 6 this year, Mtambiyaya visited his friend Advance Bhusvumani (22) of Plot 3 Grainthope Quarry in Gweru and decided to sleep over.
The following morning Mtambiyaya connived with Bhusvumani’s domestic worker, Felix Kamwendo, to steal a calf which had no brand mark.
Mtambiyana then drove the calf and went away.
However, on the way, due to fatigue, the calf failed to move and Mtambiyana decided to abandon it at Sinale Farm where it later died.
Bhusvumani confronted his domestic worker, who confessed the calf had been stolen by Mtambiyaya. A police report was filed, leading to his arrest.
The calf’s carcass was recovered at Sinale Farm.
Andrew Marimo prosecuted.