Habitual thief thrown back into prison

HARARE - A habitual thief who smashed car windows before stealing valuables was sent back to prison yesterday.

Tafadzwa Amon Foroma, 22, was yesterday convicted of “theft of car parts” when he appeared before Harare magistrate Tilda Mazhande.

He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment before four months were suspended on condition of good behavior.

However, Mazhande added a four-month suspended sentence from his previous conviction, meaning Foroma serves an effective one-and-a-half years.

“It is barely seven months since your last conviction since you recently went to jail in August 2015 over a similar charge,” said prosecutor Molleen Murozvi.

“Perpetrators of this kind of offence are not usually apprehended and it is fortunate that you were caught in the act. There is no way that the accused person can escape a jail term.”

The complainant was Benson Mushiringi, a retired member of Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services.

Murozvi proved that on April 3, Mushiringi parked his Toyota Hiace at Kentucky Prison and went to see a friend who lives at nearby houses.

Foroma broke into the car and after 20 minutes, Mushiringi returned and noticed that someone had broken into his vehicle. 

The court heard that Mushiringi noticed that a rear right sliding window had been shattered and two Pioneer speakers, radio and battery had been disconnected.

Foroma tried to escape through the broken window but was apprehended by Mushiringi.

Further investigations by the police revealed that Foroma had recently left prison on similar charges.

Foroma had previously been kept at Kentucky Prison.


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