By Sydney Gokomere
Gweru, October 31, 2016 – TWO Gweru men who connived to steal four tonnes of grain maize meant for the government food relief programme, have been jailed for 20 months each after being convicted of the offence.
The two, Ronald Denhere (28) of Mkoba 16, Gweru and Davison Sapatsika (32) of no fixed abode, were convicted and sentenced by Gweru magistrate Shotgame Musaiona last Friday.
The court, however, set aside six months of the sentence on condition of good behaviour and another six months on condition they each paid $737 restitution to NRZ through the clerk of court by November 20.
It was the state’s case that on August 14 this year, the duo in the company of Yona and Johannes Sapatsika who are still at large, hatched a plan to steal maize from railway wagons at Dabuka.
At Dabuka, they offloaded the grain from the wagons into Denhere’s Mazda Bongo truck.
An NRZ guard, Enias Hondova disturbed the thieves who fled from the scene and Denhere dropped a Samsung phone.
Hondova proceeded to the police where he made a report before handing over the mobile phone.
Police retrieved call history on Denhere’s cell phone line leading to his arrest.
Denhere implicated Sapatsika and the duo led police to the discovery of seven bags of maize.
The total value stolen was $1 560 and $95 only was recovered.