A cattle buyer will spend the next nine years in prison after he was slapped with a mandatory imprisonment for stealing a beast from a local farmer.
Joseph Zhou, 33, was sentenced on his own plea of guilty when he appeared before a local magistrate Honest Musiwa facing stock theft charges.
In mitigation, Zhou told the court that he had no intention of stealing the beast but took it for the purposes of fattening it so it could fetch a higher price on the market.
"I beg for the court's leniency since it was not my intentions of stealing the beast, I wanted to fatten it my worship so that it could fetch a higher price," Zhou said in court.
Prosecutor, Patience Mutsikwi, told the court that on the night of May 1, this year, Zhou went to Japhet Zhou's kraal were he tied a brown ox with a rope before herding it to his homestead unnoticed.
Japhet later discovered that one of his oxen was missing and called out other villagers who agreed to search for the missing beast.
Court heard that Zhou was found still driving the ox to his home and was apprehended.