Lovemore Kadzura Rusape Correspondent
AN unrepentant burglar who was performing community service at the Rusape Magistrates’ Court for unlawful entry was on Monday arrested for breaking into the court officials’ offices.
Shorai Pleasant Doriro (21) of house number 54 Vengere, is after all not so pleasant. He broke into the offices and stole money and stationery from the accounts office. He also unlawfully entered the district prosecutor’s office after breaking the doors using a hoe, which he was using to do community service duties. Shorai is facing three counts of unlawful entry and one count of attempted unlawful entry.
He pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Rusape magistrate Ms Patience Ururu Madondo on Tuesday who remanded him in custody to Monday for trial. State prosecutor Mr Tafara Chawatama told the court that Shorai twice broke into Rusape district prosecutor, Mr Tirivanhu Mutyasira’s office and stole stationery.
He allegedly broke into the accounts office and stole a cash box containing $345 which was in Mr Lesson Changaidzo’s custody.
“On September 25, Shorai, who is performing community service at Rusape Magistrates’ Court, took advantage of Mr Mutyasira’s absence and proceeded to his office armed with a hoe. The accused person attempted to open the office door, but failed to break it.
“The accused person left scratch marks on the door during the process. At around 845am on the same day, the complainant discovered the offence when he wanted to open his office door to resume duty.
“On September 26, Shorai used a hoe to open Mr Mutyasira’s office, but did not steal anything. He broke the keys during the process. On September 27, Shorai used a hoe to break into Mr Mutyasira’s office again. While inside, he stole six reams of bond paper, one stapler, two small boxes of staple pins and one ink pad and went away unnoticed,” said Mr Chawatama.
He said at around 7.15am on the same day, Shorai proceeded to No. 48, Manda Street where he sold two reams of bond paper, one ink pad, two small boxes of staple pins and one stapler to Masimba Chirozvi. He was allegedly paid $11 for the property.
“On the same day, he also proceeded to No. 38, Tongogara Street where he sold four reams of bond paper to Mavis Manzunzu for $18 and was paid via Eco- Cash.
“On September 30, Shorai used a hoe to force open the accounts office. He stole a blue cash box containing $330 and various receipts which were under the custody of Mr Lesson Changaidzo, an assistant accountant at the court.
“He then used the same hoe to break the cashbox and stole the money before concealing the cash box with the receipts and the hoe in a drainage system in the court yard. On October 1, Shorai was arrested and led detectives to No. 48, Manda Street and No. 38, Tongogara Street where all the property stolen from Mr Mutyasira’s office was recovered.
“From the cash and receipts stolen, only $15 was recovered,” said Mr Chawatama.