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A MUTARE man who plunged Fern Valley and Dangamvura suburbs into darkness for days after stealing 50 kg’s of copper cables worth $300 was on Tuesday locked up for 10 years by a local magistrate.

Francis Binda, who appeared before Senior Magistrate Sekai Chiwundura facing charges of contravening the Electricity Amendment Act, pleaded guilty on his own plea.

The law states that anyone who tampers with any apparatus generating, transmitting, distributing or supplying electricity with the result that any supply of electricity is interrupted or cut, that person should be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in jail.

Prosecutor Donald Mudadirwa told the court that Binda together with his accomplice John Katerere who is denying the charges stole copper cables at number 9 North Road Fern valley weighing 50 kg’s.

The two used a bush path to Mutare-Chimanimani high way. On their way they met an unknown man who is a member of the Johanne Marange church who was praying.

The man smelt a rat and tipped off the police at Fern Valley.

Police reacted quickly and arrested the pair with their loot which was presented in court as exhibit.

During mitigation, Binda said he stole the cables to pay medical bills for his mentally ill wife.

“Your Worship my wife was terminally ill and I could not afford to cater for her medical bills,” said Binda.

But Chiwundura said that was not a reason to commit such a serious offence.

Katerere was remanded in custody to February 18.

Source : New Zimbabwe