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    Serial Gutu stock thief 29 years in jail

    INNOCENT MUDZITIRI

    GUTU- A serial stock thief who started a stealing spree from around March this year in a bid to start an irrigation scheme has been sentenced to 29 years in jail by Gutu Magistrate, Edwin Marecha.
    Taruvinga Vitalis Mungwiniri (41), a prominent Gutu farmer from plot number 95 Chatsworth estate appeared in court facing 4 counts of stock theft involving 20 cattle.
    It is the State case that Mungwiniri, using his lorry will go and steal cattle from different parts of Gutu Dustrict.
    On March 9, 2017 Mungwiniri went to Plot number 29 Clair in Chatsworth owned by Susan Mavhinga and stole 12 cattle.
    Police recovered all of Susan's cattle except for one that had been slaughtered.
    In July 2017 the accused stole five cattle which belonged to Wiffan Matsikidze of Kondo Village under Chief Serima and he also stole five beasts from Farai Mutikani who stays in the same area.
    On August 22, 2017 Mungwiniri went to Lauder at Chatsworth and stole 5 beasts belonging to James Mudzingwa and sold one to his neighbour Ruth Chisote (39) of plot number 52 Chatsworth, Gutu.
    The investigations were carried out by Chatsworth Police and the total value of the cattle that were not recovered was $ 500. Asked by the Magistrate why he was stealing the cattle, Mungwiniri said it was because he wanted to start an irrigation scheme. He pleaded with the magistrate to give him one jail term in prison on all the charges.
    However Marecha sentenced him to 11 years for count one; 9years for count two,9 years for count three and 9 years for count four making it a total of 37  years, which was however reduced to 29 years after 9 years were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
    He pleaded guilty to all the charges.
    Millicent Azangwe prosecuted.
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