Chivayo house breaker jailed 11 years

HARARE - Notorious and most-wanted burglar, Lamusi Nthula, was yesterday slapped with an 11-year jail sentence by Harare magistrate Musaiona Shortgame for possession of two illegal firearms and house-breaking tools.

According to court papers, Nthula, was arrested recently after spending five years on the run.

Allegations against Nthula arose in September 2011 when police got information to the effect that he was breaking into people’s houses in Borrowdale.

Nthula, who is facing several counts of unlawful entry is accused of breaking into several city homes and stealing various electrical gadgets and goods worth over $180 000.

He, together with an alleged accomplice, Ignatius Magaya of Mufakose, are also before the court on allegations of stealing controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo’s shoes and other goods.

In Chivayo’s case, Nthula and Magaya reportedly stole 95 pairs of shoes and clothes worth over $100 000 from the businessman’s Ballantyne Park home in April, when he was away in England.

Following Nthula’s arrest, police recovered

14 plasma television sets, two Nikon cameras and other items worth $47 970.

Nthula reportedly scaled precast security walls of complainants’ houses before using an iron bar to gain entry.

The State alleges the accused committed the offences sometime between October last year and June this year.

However, yesterday conviction emanates from a case where police detectives raided his Domboshawa residency where they found him in his garden.

Searches were conducted at his premises, which led the police to a zinc sheet which was in the garden, leaning against the garden hedge.

“After removing the zinc sheet, the police detectives recovered an amplifier and a 38 Smith and Wesson revolver…with three live rounds hidden behind it, leading to the arrest of the accused person for possessing a firearm without a valid firearm certificate,” the court heard.

Comments (3)

$100K worth of clothes? There might be some inflating of figures here for boasting or insurance purposes. Clearly those cant be his clothes cause the chap is always dressed like a yob.

Galore - 21 July 2016

A thief stealing from another big thief and fraudster. It appears that ZANU PF laws are harsh on petty thefts and condone big fraudsters like Chivayo, who are even taken for recognition by their dictator, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

Zvichapera - 21 July 2016

Our justice system needs to be reviewed if not complete overhaul. The sentences passed should be consistence and well balanced according to aggravating circumstances. Gun totting rapist 10yrs. Gun totting burglar 11yrs. That gun totting bank robber at CABS18months. What happened to that man who claimed to have picked a gun at dump site and his wife blew the whistle. The punishments have to make sense.

X-MAN IV - 21 July 2016

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