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Father, son in court for stocktheft

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AN 81-YEAR-OLD Dete man appeared in the Hwange Magistrates’ Court together with his son facing allegations of killing their neighbour’s two cows using wire snares.

NOKUTHABA DLAMINI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Robson Mudenda and his son Raphael (54) of Chidenda village were convicted on their own plea of guilty when they appeared before Hwange provincial magistrate Portia Mhlanga.

The court heard that on August 5 at around 8am, Innocent Ndlovu released his cattle to a nearby grazing field and when he went to drive them back home, he found two of them dead and trapped in snares.

He reported the matter to Dete Police Station and officers immediately attended to the scene.

That same evening, the police laid an ambush and Mudenda and his son came to where the dead cattle were in a scotch cart at around 10pm. They were armed with axes and butcher knives. They removed the two beasts from the wire snares and started chopping them up, and police immediately arrested them.

Ndlovu told the court that villagers were always complaining of losing their cattle in such a manner, but did not know who the culprits were.

Mudenda and his son own a butchery at the Dete business centre and Ndlovu said it was now clear that they sustained it by stealing villagers’ cattle.

The two told the court that their main aim was to trap wild animals so that they could sell the game meat. Mhlanga remanded the two in custody for sentencing today.

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