Soldier steals hired car

A 25-YEAR-OLD Kwekwe-based soldier was on Thursday arraigned before the Gweru Magistrates’ Court on charges of stealing a car he had hired for a day and reselling it to a third party.

by Stephen Chadenga

Lefias Tawedzerwa Muzivi of Plot 133 Geluka South, Chivhu, approached Daniel Belanganayi and hired his Honda Fit for a day, but allegedly failed to return it. Muzivi instead sold the car to one Daniel Mutage.


Muzivi, who appeared before regional magistrate Morgan Nemadire, pleaded guilty to one count of car theft, but requested to be given time to compensate the complainant.

Nemadire said he needed more time to come up with an appropriate sentence before postponing ruling on the matter to January 14.

Prosecuter Andrew Marimo told the court that on October 8, 2014 at around 7pm, Muzivi approached Belanganayi and hired his car for $30.

The following day Belanganayi waited for Muzivi to return the car, but he failed to turn up.

On December 25, the vehicle was found in the custody of Mutage, who stated that he had bought it from Muzivi.

The value of the stolen car is $3 000 and it was recovered.

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