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Kamativi serial thief jailed 4 years


A 34-YEAR-OLD thief from Kamativi has been slapped with an effective four-year jail term for stealing goods worth over $3 000 after breaking into a Zaoga Church building and Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) workers’ houses at the Gwayi-Shangani Dam site.


Edmus Meki of Nkenkando village was yesterday convicted and sentenced on his own plea to four counts of unlawful entry and theft when he appeared before Hwange magistrate, Portia Mhlanga.

It was the State’s case that on two occasions between August 27 and September 3, Meki broke into the church building at Malayila village, where he stole 10 plastic chairs and walked back to his village unnoticed.

Meki again went to Gwayi-Shangani Dam site on August 31 at midnight and broke into Shumirai Mudyanavana’s house and made a clean sweep of all electrical gadgets and left unnoticed.

The matter came to light on September 17, when the police received reports that Meki was selling stolen property.

During investigations, police discovered that Meki had bought himself a set of sofas worth $230 from proceeds of the crimes.

He was sentenced to 48 months’ imprisonment before six months were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

The total value of stolen goods was $3 163 and only $1 983 was recovered.

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