The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Bike Thieves to Do Unpaid Work

TWO Chitungwiza men will collectively complete 350 hours of community service after they were convicted of stealing a bicycle worth US$40. The two told the court that they stole it with the intention of going for a joyride. Tendai Chiroodza (19) and Paul Gunzvenzve admitted to a theft charge when they appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Ms Nomsa Sabarauta.

They were ordered to do unpaid work at the same court.

Ms Sabarauta sentenced Chiroodza to eight months in prison and set aside four months on condition of good behaviour.

The remaining four months were suspended on condition he completes 140 hours of community work.

Gunzvenzve was slapped with 12 months in prison with six months suspended conditionally for five years.

The remaining six months were set aside on condition that he completes 210 hours.

Circumstances were that on February 1 and at around 6:30am, Chenjerai Pengapenga (41) of Unit N took his mountain bike outside the house as he wanted to clean his house.

The two men saw the bicycle and stole it.

When Pengapenga came out of the house 15 minutes later, the bicycle had disappeared.

He went to report the matter to the police and later on in the day, the pair was caught riding the bicycle at Makoni Shopping Centre.

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