A 32-YEAR-OLD Mutare man who last week stole two Bibles from the Scripture Union bookshop in the city to “keep himself connected with the Word of God” has been fined $50 or in default to serve a 30-day jail term.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
Herbert Manjonjo left the court in stitches last Friday when he submitted that he stole the Bibles and gave one of them to his wife so that they would continuously connect with the Word of God.
He was, however, reminded by presiding magistrate Sekai Chiundura that stealing was not the best way to connect with the Word of God.
State counsel Donald Mudadirwa told the court that Manjonjo went to Scripture Union bookshop on February 5 pretending to be a genuine customer.
He then took advantage of the complainant, Janet Bhiri, who was serving another customer and stole two Revised Standard Edition Bibles worth $32 and stashed them in his shirt and dashed out of the shop.
However, Bhiri immediately discovered the theft and chased after Manjonjo and recovered the Bibles before reporting him to police.