MWENEZI – Two Mwenezi cattle rustlers have been jailed nine years each after being convicted by Resident Magistrate Honesty Musiiwa.
Abel Marimbire (26) and Martin Mugadza (29) of Utete and Macharagwa villages respectively under Chief Maranda were convicted on Wednesday last week.
The two stole two heifers and two steers from Emilia Moyo’s kraal then sold them at R12 000 to a Mberengwa cattle buyer at Mananga Market in Maranda.
They denied the charges but eventually pleaded guilty after being nailed by Telous Gumbo a cattle buyer from Chief Mapiravana in Mberengwa who told the court that he actually was the one who bought the four cattle from the suspects.
After buying the beasts, Gumbo enquired about the stock card and the two promised to go and collect as they had forgotten them at home. They however, did not return but switched off their phones.
The buyer had to spend the night waiting for the two to come back but to no avail. He met the complainant’s relative Patrick Thabo who was looking for the missing cattle and Gumbo disclosed that he had just bought them.
The State was represented by Leyton Katsidzira.
On February 18, 2021, at Macharaga Village, Chief Maranda, Emilia Moyo who is the complainant secured her cattle in a pen at around 6pm. She discovered the following morning discovered that four beasts were missing.
She reported the matter and the cattle were found in the custody of Gumbo. https://masvingomirror.com