27 June 2016
A 27-year-old man will perform 410 hours of unpaid work for stealing US$120 from a taxi driver.
Progress Mavongwe had initially been slapped with a six month jail term before three months were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
The other three months were set aside on condition he does unpaid work at Chitungwiza Aquatic complex.
During mitigation, Progress told the court that he was prompted to steal from the driver because he is currently unemployed.
â€œI have a wife and two children and they all look up to me for survival.
â€œCurrently, I am not employed and that is why I ended up stealing from the taxi driver,â€ said Progress.
The State led by Norman Koropi proved that on June 18 at around 9pm, Progress approached Kundai Mutandwa and lied to him that he wanted to be ferried to Harare.
Progress then took the US$120 which was on top of Kundaiâ€™s radio and concealed it.
The court heard that Progress then asked Kundai to drop him since he had changed his plans.
Less than 100 meters after Kundai had dropped Progress he discovered that his US$120 was missing.
He then drove his car and ordered Progress to get into the car and took him to the police where he was arrested.