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Pardoned prisoner back in jail


A MAN from Sukasihambe village in the Khayanyama area of Filabusi who was recently released from prison under a presidential amnesty, is back behind bars after being jailed for 36 months on Tuesday for a spate of house break-ins and theft in Mthwakazi township and Prison Quarters.


Aired Sibanda (28) pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful entry and two counts of theft when he appeared before Filabusi magistrate Mzingaye Moyo and was convicted on both counts and sentenced to 48 months. Twelve months were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.

Moyo said what aggravated Sibanda’s offence was that he illegally entered the dwellings in which, if he had met some resistance from the occupants, he would have harmed them.

He also indicated that Sibanda had gone on a stealing spree on the night of the very same day he had been released under the presidential pardon.

Prosecutor Smart Tafireyi said on March 1, Sibanda broke into Filabusi Prison warder Given Moyo’s residence at Prison Quarters and stole an LG mobile phone.

Moyo saw him leaving and gave chase, but Sibanda disappeared into the dark.

On the same night, Sibanda broke into Lolitha Ndlovu’s house at Mthwakazi township and stole two litres of Mazoe Orange, 500 grammes of margarine, a set of cutlery and 4kg of meat.

Ndlovu saw him on his way out and screamed, but he again fled into the dark.

A report was made to the police and investigations led to Sibanda’s arrest.

Sibanda was found in possession of some of the stolen property.

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