TWO Zvishavane men were yesterday slapped with a 13-year jail term each for stocktheft while a third accomplice’s trial is due to start on Friday.
Precious Moyo (32) and Felix Mupinda (38) of Chief Mataruse and Cheshire Farm Zeederberg respectively were convicted of stealing two beasts and forging stock clearance permits.
Their accomplice, Bravious Mhuri (30), who had been on the run, was remanded in custody to Friday.
Magistrate Peter Madiba sentenced the two to 13 years, but suspended two years on condition that they return the beasts to the complainant, Patrick Mawarire.
Prosecutor Ausi Saidi told the court that on August 15 at around 10am, Mawarire drove his cattle to the grazing area. Mupinda and Moyo drove two of the beasts to the Zeedeberg area, leaving the others grazing.
The next day, Mawarire saw that two of his beasts were missing and searched for them before making a report to the police.
Mupinda and Moyo then connived with Mhuri who masqueraded as the village headman to facilitate the livestock clearance.
They sold the beasts to Jefrey Hlabangani for $1 200 and he slaughtered them for his butchery.
The police later received a tip-off from members of the community and traced the theft to Mupinda and Moyo.
The police stock clearance form was retrieved and the description on it fitted Mawarire’s stolen beasts.
The forged stock clearance number 1336005 was presented in court as evidence.