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A HABITUAL thief who made a daring break-in into Gwanda prison forty-eight hours after his release has been jailed for two years.

Trymore Qhubekani Moyo pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful entry and theft but was convicted by Gwanda magistrate Olivia Mashava Mashaire after a full trial.

Moyo had vehemently denied the charges arguing police had tortured him to admit to the crime. He said on the day in question he was away in Plumtree with his uncle.

Despite Moyo maintaining that his uncle would come and testify on his behalf he never turned up but reportedly said he last saw him (Moyo) four years ago.

Prosecutor Getrude Zvidzai told the court that on the 27th of January at around 11pm Moyo, who had been released two days back, proceeded to Gwanda prison and used an axe that had been left outside to cut burglar bars into the cashier’s office.

He then jumped inside and stole property belonging to inmates that included six cellphones, cash, an okapi knife and a fuel coupon-all valued at $250.

Moyo went on to sell the stolen items before going on a spending spree, hiring sex workers.

One of the stolen cellphones was recovered from a sex worker who testified in court that it was given to her by Moyo.

Zvidzai urged the court to hand Moyo a custodial sentence as it was evident that he was an unrepentant criminal who stole from the same prison that was meant to have rehabilitated him.

Mashaire obliged and sentenced Moyo to 24 months in prison but suspended six months on condition he is not convicted of a crime of a similar nature in the next five years.

Moyo, who is not new to crime having been jailed for unlawful entry in January last year, will however spend an effective 24 months behind bars after the magistrate added six months that had been suspended last year.

Source : New Zimbabwe