Zimbabwe: Copper Cables Thieves Jailed 10 Years
Two males have been slapped with prolonged 10-year jail phrases every for vandalising an electrical energy transformer belonging to energy utility, Zimbabwe Electrical energy Transmission and Distribution Firm (ZETDC), which they stripped of copper cables.
Their different two accomplices denied the costs and are awaiting trial.
The 4, Lovemore Matinyenya (37) of Plot 19, Lake Chivero; Saratiel Mudzimu (36) of Warwick farm, Lake Chivero; Emmerson Chara (33) of 118 Murombedzi and Ronald Chinaka (36) of Ruzvidzo village, Chief Chirau, Zvimba just lately appeared earlier than a Chinhoyi provincial Justice of the Peace charged with contravening Part 60 of the Electrical energy Act (Chapter 13:19).
Matinyenya and Mudzimu pleaded responsible and had been sentenced to an efficient 10-years imprisonment, whereas Chara and Chinaka denied the costs and had been remanded in custody pending trial.
In response to the state, on the night time between September 11 and 12, the 4 connived and went to Plot 310, Chitomborwizi in Zvimba the place they felled a 50 KVA transformer from an electrical energy transmission pole.
They allegedly loaded it right into a Honda Match belonging to Chinaka and took it to to Matinyenya’s father’s farm.
Courtroom additional heard that the 4 went right into a bushy space on the farm, the place they vandalised the transformer and retrieved copper windings which they put into two sacks.
On September 12, at round 4am, the group drove right into a police safety roadblock on the 42km peg alongside Murombedzi-Norton freeway close to Kutama in Zvimba the place they had been stopped and searched.
This led to the restoration of the contraband which was stashed within the automotive boot.
They had been instantly arrested and the car impounded.
The 4 led police detectives to a farm owned by Pattison Linda Swabala Gordon, from the place that they had vandalised the 50 KVA transformer.
The farm proprietor positively recognized the transformer shell because the one put in by ZETDC at his property.
Texas Manditsvara prosecuted.