TWO suspected cattle rustlers from Vungu area in Lower Gweru appeared at the Esigodini Magistrates Court on Monday facing allegations of stealing 11 beasts from a Fort Rixon villager.
BY SILAS NKALA
Doubt Mloyi (28) and Mduduzi Mloyi (25), were not asked to plead to the stocktheft charges when they appeared before magistrate, Tawanda Muchemwa, who remanded them in custody to April 24 for trial.
Prosecutor, Jefter Nyikadzinashe told the court that on April 6 this year, the two allegedly went to Fort Rixon, where they stole Gilbert Zhou’s 11 cattle and drove them to Ripple Farm in Somabhula with the intention to sell them.
Along the way, the duo allegedly met a prospective buyer, Cathrine Takaedza, who, however, became suspicious after she noticed the beasts had the same “Y” brand mark.
Takaedza then alerted the police officers who were on patrol in the area, leading to the accused’s arrest the following day, after they had allegedly disposed of the beasts valued at $10 000.