Gokwe man up for stock theft

GOKWE – The trial of a 33-year-old Gokwe villager who allegedly stole his neighbours’ two beasts and sold them to abattoir operators at Gokwe business centre is set to continue today.

REPORT BY SILAS NKALA STAFF REPORTER

The suspect, Shadreck Mogodi of Nhongo village in Gokwe South, denied the charges last week before the matter was deferred to today for continuation of trial.

To date, six witnesses have testified against him.

The court heard that on November 25 last year, the complainant, Clemence Murombo of Makoshore village, in Gokwe North left his cattle unattended in the village grazing area.

Mogodi and his alleged accomplice Godfrey Mbano, who is still at large, went to the grazing area and stole one beast and sold it.

Murombo later recovered the beast from the abattoir and workers at the abattoir implicated Mogodi.

On November 30, Mogodi and his accomplice allegedly raided the grazing area again and stole another beast belonging to Nicholas Meraku of Murairwa village in Gokwe North.

They sold it to the same abattoir.

Meraku managed to identify the beast at the abattoir on December 2.

Both beasts were valued at $1 200.

Acting on a tip-off, police raided Mogodi’s hideout, Sinikiwe Mbano’s home, and arrested him after the latter initially denied them entry.

Mbano has since been sentenced to 175 hours of community service for obstructing the course of justice.

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