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Serial chicken thief dodges jail

A 25-YEAR-OLD man from Insuza area in Matabeleland North province confessed to terrorising fellow villager
A 25-YEAR-OLD man from Insuza area in Matabeleland North province confessed to terrorising fellow villagers for almost a year, stealing their chickens.

A cunning Nkosikhona Tshuma from Village 2A Dundubala confessed to the crime before Bulawayo magistrate Marygold Ndlovu where he was facing four counts of stocktheft.

Tshuma was convicted on his own plea of guilty and was slapped with a 12-month jail term.

He was, however, spared the agony of jail when four months of his jail sentence were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour. Another three months imprisonment was suspended on condition that he restitutes the complainants the sum of $14 280 being the value of the stolen livestock.

The remaining five months were suspended on condition that he completes 175 hours of unpaid labour at Umguza CIMTC.

In mitigation, Tshuma asked the court for forgiveness saying he committed the offence out of hunger which stalked him after he lost his job as a herdsman.

It was proved in court that sometime in October 2020 Tshonaphi Msimanga (44) from Village 1A Dundubala was phoned by her mother Ester Msimanga telling her that her five chickens had been stolen.

While she was still trying to come terms with the loss of her chickens, the following day Antoneta Nyoni from the same village woke up and discovered that five of her chickens had also been stolen.

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