TWO Mutare men who entered a Zuva Service Station Shop in the city and stole groceries worth $50 which they hid between their legs have been convicted of committing the crime.
Givemore Chenjera and Gift Mataruka — who both asked for leniency giving an excuse that they committed the crime in order to raise money for their sister’s hospital bills — were fined $80 each by Mr Innocent Bepura.
They risk 20 days imprisonment if they fail to pay the fine
“Your Worship, our sister suffers from hernia and we are not employed so we wanted to sell the stolen items so that we help pay hospital bills for her,” said Chenjerai.
Public prosecutor, Mr Fletcher Karombe, told the court that on April 25, the suspects entered a One Stop Shop at the filling station and stole four Dettol bath soaps, seven Protex soaps, several packets of Vhuka Vhuka cheese, six Nestle chocolates and five Lux soaps.
As they tried to leave the shop, they were stopped and searched at the exit point and the stolen items were recovered.