Paul Pindani in Chinhoyi
A farm guard who stole a battery while on night duty has been jailed nine months.
Anold Shumba, 23, of Lunar Estate in Nyabira was arraigned before Chinhoyi Provincial Magistrate Melody Rwizi charged with theft where he pleaded guilty to the charge.
Shumba was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment where five months were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.
He will serve an effective four months in jail.
The complainant in this case is Nigel Chishonga, 23, also a guard at the estate.
Prosecuting, Odrah Chitoro told the court that on July 16, at Lunar Estate Nyabira, Shumba was on duty doing his guard duties and took advantage of the situation that everyone was asleep.
He went to where the grader was parked and used an iron bar to remove the battery terminals and took the battery and went away unnoticed.
On July 17, he went to Nyabira shops trying to sell the battery and was nabbed by police officers who were on patrol.
Shumba was interviewed and he confessed to stealing the battery before he took the police officers for indications.