Four years jail for stealing from passenger

HARARE – A petty thief from Epworth who also plied his trade as a commuter omnibus conductor was yesterday slapped with an effective four-year prison term for stealing from a passenger.

Solomon Hodzi, 36, had been sentenced to five years in jail by magistrate Tendai Mahwe but six months were set aside on condition of good behaviour, while another six months were suspended on condition he restitutes Ngonidzashe Kambanje $100.

Facts are that on June 21 this year, Kambanje boarded a commuter omnibus en-route to Waterfalls. Hodzi was the conductor.

Kambanje fell asleep during the ride and was only awakened by another passenger asking him to pay his fare.

Kambanje paid his fare using a $100 bill but Hodzi refused to drop him off at his bus stop, arguing that he had not paid on time.

The vehicle then dropped off everyone and turned towards town before picking up two rank marshals in Mbare while Kambanje was still inside the kombi.

While on their way to town, the driver of the vehicle, the two rank marshals and Hodzi started to insult Kambanje before ?assaulting him.

After reaching the city centre, they pushed Kambanje out of the vehicle.

Prosecutor Molyn Mutamangira-Mavhondo said Hodzi and his accomplices searched Kambanje and took his cash and mobile phone before running away.

Hodzi was however, unlucky, as he was arrested by a police officer while trying to escape.

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