Kelly Tafi, Court Reporter
A Harare man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of possessing 500g of Tel-One copper wires worth $5.
John Chekani, 34, appeared before Harare magistrate Learnmore Mapiye facing charges of contravening the Postal and Telecommunications Act.
In passing sentence, magistrate Mapiye said such cases were on the increase despite several campaigns against them.
The State proved that on May 3 this year, around 7am Desmond Kakurira was on duty at Greendale where he works as a security guard.
Kakurira peeped through his guardroom window and saw Chekani packing some Tel-One drop wires into his red satchel.
Kakurira called Chekani back and he complied, he asked him what was it that he had put in his bag and Chekani told him that they were Tel-One drop wires.
Chekani was asked if he had any permit or licence authorising him to possess drop wires and he said no which led to his arrest.