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    Gutu businessman awaits stock theft ruling


    MVUMA – Prominent Gutu businessman Edmore Mutero Nhemachena (36) who is facing stock theft charges was refused discharge at the end of the State case by Mvuma magistrate, Tayengwa Chibanda when his case came for hearing last Friday. His trial continued thereafter and the ruling is expected on July 13, 2017.
    However, one of the suspects in the case,Murere a Police officer was discharged  at the close of the State case last Friday. One other suspect Naboth Chaurunga has since been convicted and jailed for 20 years after pleading guilty to the charges.
    Mutero is pleading not guilty.
    In refusing discharge at the end of the case, Chibanda queried how beasts stolen in Mvuma were recovered in his butchery in Gutu.
    Maxwell Muungani (41) who is a teacher at Tariro Primary School in the Gomvi area in the same district who was one of the accused is now a State witness.
    Another suspect, Last Mazenge who works as a Policeman and was allegedly on the run will appear on a separate date.
    Nhemachena owns a number of butcheries at Mpandawana.
    The accused allegedly stole cattle belonging to Mvuma councilor Thomas Chisadza and Cleophas Dzimba of Central Estates on different occasions.
    Prosecutor Bernard Nyoni told the court that on December 5 this year, the three, Chaurunga of Wheatlands Farm in Gutu, Nhemachena of Farm number 4, Chatsworth, Gutu who also owns Mutero Butchery and Muungani of Byth Farm in Gutu and also a teacher at Tariro in Gutu and their accomplices Last Mazenge and a Police officer Constable Murere of Gutu Police station, hatched a plan to steal cattle.crime news
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