A NYANGA man learnt it the hard way that crime does not pay when he was slapped with a nine-year jail term after being convicted of stock theft.
Christopher Dzimano was last week convicted on his own guilty plea by Nyanga Magistrate Ms Anniah Ndiraya.
Dzimano (34), from Gondokondo Village under Chief Saunyama, was jointly charged with Konai Nyagombo (44) and Tendai Nyambondo (34), who both denied the charges.
The trio was charged for contravening Section 114 (2) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23.
Nyagombo and Nyambondo were remanded in custody to a later date for trial.
The State represented by Mr Cuthbert Bhosha said on September 19 and at Ruwende Village under Chief Saunyama, the suspects connived and stole two oxen from Valeria Makora’s kraal.
On September 22, police received a tip off about the crime and the suspects were spotted at Chifamba Village.
Cops pounced on the accused persons and managed to recover one of the stolen beasts.
During interrogations the suspects revealed that they had sold the other beasts in Mutoko. They however, denied stealing the cattle and instead argued that the complainant had sold the same to them.
Meanwhile, a Mutambara man also appeared before a Mutare magistrate on charges of selling his younger brother’s three cattle. The cattle were part of the brother’s inheritance from their father’s estate.
Samuel Chinya Zaba (46), of Madziyanike Village under Chief Mutambara, Chimanimani denied the charges.
He told the court that the cattle also belonged to him. He argued they had both inherited the contentious cattle from their father. Zaba was granted $50 bail by magistrate Perseverance Makala.