A MUTARE man appeared in court on Saturday facing allegations of stealing 20kg of telecommunication copper cables valued at $2 500.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
Charles Faira (21) appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe.
Faira, represented by lawyer Brian Majamanda, applied for bail and a ruling has been set for today.
In count 1, the State claimed that he contravened section 89(4) of the Post and telecommunication Act chapter 12:05 “Wilful damage to interference with or theft of telecommunication lines and apparatus”.
In count 2, he was allegedly found in possession of articles of criminal use such as pellet gun, hacksaw, among other items.
Prosecutor Mathew Chimutunga told the court that on December 6, Faira and three accomplices, who are still at large, allegedly stole about 58 metres of underground telecommunications copper cables near PG Safety Glass Workshop along Vumba Road in Mutare.
He allegedly hired a motor vehicle, driven by a Christopher Tsuro, to ferry the cables, but were disturbed by a passerby, and they left some of the stolen cables at the scene.
A TelOne loss control officer led detectives from Mutare Central Police to the scene, where they recovered the copper cables left behind.
The court heard that detectives were tipped off that Tsuro had been hired to ferry the copper cables. Tsuro implicated Faira, leading to his arrest.