Teenagers try to sell gun to clear school debt


GWERU — Two 17-year-old schoolgirls were last Friday found guilty on charges of firearms theft, after they connived to steal a revolver belonging to one of the teenager’s mothers with the intention of selling the gun to clear a debt at school.

Stephen Chadenga

The two teenagers from Athlone and Mkoba 1 suburbs stole a gun from the complainant so that they could sell it to pay a school debt to enable them to collect their “O” Level results.

Gweru magistrate Gertrude Mayenyoso postponed sentencing to September 9, saying she needed more time to ascertain the correct ages of the girls, in order to come up with a proper sentence.

The two are in custody at Shurugwi women’s prison waiting for the verdict.
Charges against the two are that on February 5 this year, at around midday, the first accused visited her friend in Mkoba, where they connived to steal the firearm belonging to the first accused’s mother.

The two, in the company of another teenager, still at large, agreed to sell the gun to settle a debt at school so that they could collect their “O” Level results.

The accused persons went to the complainant’s place in Athlone where the first accused went into her mother’s bedroom and took a Webby revolver loaded with six rounds of ammunition.

On the same day at about 5pm, the three proceeded to Mkoba 3, where they are alleged to have attempted to rob a tuck shop, but abandoned the mission after meeting the owner and four unidentified customers.

The robbery charge was, however, not preferred against them, after it could not be substantiated.

The three then proceeded to the second accused’s home in Mkoba 2, where they hid the firearm in the garden.

Upon discovering her missing firearm, the complainant made a report to the police, leading to the arrest of the two girls who led them to where the gun was hidden.