By Sibusisiwe Ngulube
A shameless 19 year old man from Silobela was dragged to Kwekwe Courts before magistrate Sangster Tayengwa for stealing from elderly villagers for his personal selfish gains.
Lawrence Moyo(19) employed as a herdman was convicted for stock theft and sentenced to 18years behind bars. Six years were suspended on condition of good behavior.
In January 2019, in Village 5 at Langton Ranch in Silobela, the accused stole one black ox with horns facing upwards belonging to Jinica Moyo, who happens to be a neighbor to the accused.
Moyo tactfully drove the cattle out of the kraal at night and proceeded to Village Siyapambili where he sold the ox to one Mandla Dube amounting to $500, hence the actual price for the cattle if it was to go to market amounted to $700. The stolen ox was recovered on the 20th of February 2019, the accused pleaded guilty.
On the 14th of February 2019 the complainant Moyo reported the disappearing of her greyish steer with a v-cut on the right ear.
The accused person was seen carrying some meat at night around 2300hours by an unknown and unidentified informer who helped the troubled complainant.
Moyo was further questioned by the police leading to the discovery of offals, which the accused plunged into the dip tank and two legs at his’ homestead, nothing was recovered
Magistrate recited several acts on people who steal cattle and added that their judgment is much more way harder as they deprive the owners from their precious assets. Moyo was sentenced to 9 years per ox and for both counts it became 18 years imprisonment and 6 years suspended for good behavior, effectively it became 12 years behind bars.