Chicken-stealing ex-soldier back in court

MUTARE - An ex-Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) officer — recently fined $50 for theft of four chickens — was back in the dock yesterday for the theft of 11 road-runners.

Rushmore Nyamutata, 25, was convicted on his own plea of guilt by magistrate Tendai Mahwe.

He was fined $50 for each of the two counts he was facing, having stolen three chickens from two different families whose chicken runs he raided.

Nyamutata was being charged with stock theft as defined in section 114 (2) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act chapter 9:23.

He blamed the repeat offences to spells being cast on him by a close uncle.

Prosecuting, Walter Saunyama informed the court how Nyamutata stole eight chickens from Elliot Chekudya’s fowl run on July 1 at around 0200 hours.

He then proceeded to raid Nimrod Matute’s fowl run an hour later and made off with eight birds.

All the chickens, valued at $55, were recovered.

In May, Nyamutata was fined $50 after stealing four chickens belonging to Tsitsi Fenyere. The ZNA has disowned Nyamutata, saying he ceased to be a soldier in 2014, having been discharged on disciplinary grounds.

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