Habitual stock thief jailed 12 months

BINGA — A man who embarked on a series of stocktheft crimes was on Monday slapped with a 12-month jail term by Binga magistrate Stephen Ndlovu.

STAFF REPORTER

Clement Mungombe (27) of Siachilaba pleaded guilty to four counts of stocktheft when he appeared before Ndlovu.

Two months of the sentence were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour while another two months were suspended on the understanding he restituted the complainant a sum of $100.

Prosecutor Bruce Maphosa told the court that from August 20 2012 to October 6 2013 Mungombe would go to grazing areas in Siachilaba, where on separate occasions he stole four goats belonging to his neighbour and slaughtered them for consumption with his family.

The matter came to light when Esnath Mudimba found the head of a goat near Mungombe’s homestead and showed it to the complainant who positively identified it as that of his missing goat.

Investigations later established that Mungombe was responsible for the disappearance of other goats, which he admitted to when quizzed by the police.

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