10 years for stealing $84 cables

HARARE - An Epworth man has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after he was found guilty of stealing $84 worth of copper cables.

Tapiwa Matambo, 28, who stole 10,5 kg of copper cables was shot by a police reaction team  twice on both legs as he fled. He was handed the mandatory sentence by magistrate Anita Tshuma.

It is the State’s case that on July 22, 2013, Matambo and his accomplice who is still at large, went to the corner of Smutts and Northway roads in Waterfalls where they located a Tel-One cabinet.

The two force-opened the box and cut-off the distribution cables inside.

However, while at it, they activated the alarm at Tel-One head office.

A dispatch team comprising a police officer and a Tel-One official went to the scene and spotted Matambo and his accomplice burning the stolen cables.

The reaction team ordered the duo to surrender themselves but instead they retaliated by throwing stones.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira told the court that Sergeant Zvimba fired three warning shots in the air prompting the duo to run away despite being ordered to stop.

Zvimba then fired two more shots which hit Matambo on both legs, resulting in his arrest and the escape of his accomplice.

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