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Beitbridge car thief sentenced 5 years

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Beitbridge car thief sentenced 5 years



BEITBRIDGE-Regional Magistrate Innocent Bepura has sentenced a 23 year-old man to five years in jail for stealing a motor vehicle in the border town.
Bellermine Tadiwanashe Machokoto (23) of house number 36 Silver City in Chivi was sentenced for stealing Petros Albert Mhike’s Nissan Caravan on March 9, 2023.
The vehicle is valued at US$8 000 and the luggage in the vehicle was worthy ZWL166 430.
Prosecutor Tsitsi Mutukwa told the court that Mhike gave Machokoto a free ride from Mhandamabwe to Beitbridge. Mhike was in the company of Talent Dube.
Mhike of Maglas in Zvishavane and Dube were travelling from Zvishavane to meet Mhike’s brother, Herbert in South Africa.
Upon arrival in Beitbridge, Machokoto left the two after Mhike realized that he had left the vehicle’s registration book and could not cross the border into South Africa with it.
Mhike and Dube then parked the vehicle and crossed into South Africa. Machokoto returned to the vehicle and opened passenger door. He then found a spare key stashed in a pocket behind the driver’s seat and drove the vehicle away.
Mhike, Herbert and Dube returned to Zimbabwe around 2 pm and found the car missing. They then filed a Police report and Machokoto was arrested at a roadblock near Gwanda.
The vehicle valued at US$8 000 and luggage worth ZWL 166 430 was also recovered in the vehicle.

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