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Injiva loses property to burglar

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A man from Fort Rixon in Matabeleland South, who broke into the house of a Zimbabwean based in South Africa and stole a bed among other household property, was on Monday jailed for an effective 20 months for the offence.

The stolen property also included blankets and clothes and some of it was recovered.

Forget Gwebu (25) was convicted after pleading guilty to unlawful entry and theft when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Shepherd Mjanja.

In mitigation, Gwebu said he was a
spraypainter earning $100 per month and stole because he wanted to take care of his family. He was sentenced to 26 months in prison, of which five months were conditionally suspended for five years.

In addition, a further one month was suspended on condition he restitutes the complainant.

Charges against him were that on July 20 he went to Justice Mpofu’s homestead during his absence, as he is based in South Africa where his employed.
Gwebu and the complainant, Mpofu, live in the same neighbourhood.

On arrival at the homestead, Gwebu broke the door to the main bedroom to gain entry into the house. While inside he stole a bed, blankets and clothes and went away.

However, a fellow villager, Abednigo Mdlongwa, discovered the break-in and made a report to the police.

Police launched investigations and managed to arrest Gwebu.

This led to the recovery of some of the stolen property and a docket was opened against Gwebu.

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