Paul Pindani in Chinhoyi
A miner who could not resist his propensity for stealing from his workmates has appeared in court.
Zechs Skola (33) of Breaside Farm and employed at Muchipe Mine as general worker appeared before Chinhoyi Provincial Magistrate Lisa Mutendereki charged with two counts of theft.
On the first count he was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment and four months on the second count.
However, three months were suspended for five years, while another nine months were suspended on condition that he performs 315 hours of community service at Hunyani primary school.
The complainants in this case are Amon Musarurwa (21) and Tanaka Phiri (25) of Rujeko, Chinhoyi.
Prosecuting, Review Nikisi told the court that on March 5, 2021 and at around 3am, Musarurwa, Phiri and other mine workers commenced duty and went underground leaving their properties under the tent.
While they were doing their work, at around 5am, one of the workers Tafadzwa Mandebvu went back to the tent and discovered that Skola had entered into the tent and searched the satchels of other mine workers.
Mandebvu quickly rushed back and informed other miners what had transpired at the tent. Musarurwa and Phiri discovered that their Itel cellphones and a blue trousers jeans were missing.
The court heard that the mine workers then teamed up and suspected that Skola could have been the culprit.
They apprehended him and took him to the mine manager who phoned the police.
When the police arrived, Skola was cautioned about the matter and he admitted that he had stolen from Musarurwa and Phiri and had hidden them at his place of residence.
Investigations were carried out leading to the recovery of the property and his arrest.