Habitual thief jailed four years

MUTARE - A habitual Mutare thief has been jailed four years after he was convicted of stealing $300 worth of household goods.

Saidi Bwanali, 37, of Dangamvura, was convicted on his own plea of guilt on two counts of unlawful entry.

Magistrate Sekai Chiundura sentenced Bwanali to 18 months on each of the two counts, before adding a further 12 months that were suspended from his previous conviction.

According to the State, Bwanali has six previous house breaking convictions.

It is the State’s narrative that Bwanali stole several household goods belonging to Shupai Njekete on August 3, 2014.

He allegedly used a hoe to break in and got away with a 17 inch television set, a DVD player, a two-plate stove, a blanket and some clothes.

According to the State, Bwanali’s escapades took him to Doreen Mwaruta’s house on April 20, 2016, where he tried to fish out clothes through an open window using a wire.

An alert Mwaruta woke-up, while Bwanali took to his heels, only to be arrested on April 25.

In passing sentence, magistrate Chiundura said Bwanali, who was released from prison recently, is a repeat offender who is refusing to reform in spite of numerous jail stints hence the need to pass a lengthy jail term.

Fletcher Karombe was prosecuting.

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