The trio of Tinei Chiriseri (25), Simon Takura Musakwa (32) and Dickson Sapangwa (31) was sentenced to 34 years each by Guruve resident magistrate Augustine Borerwe, for stealing five beasts from Chibiade and Dzvukamanja villages between November 1 and 5, 2011.
They have since approached the High Court, seeking bail pending appeal and their matter is set to be heard today. In passing sentence, Borerwe castigated the trio’s action, saying they deserved to be removed from society. The magistrate praised police determination involved in a high-risk chase and firing shots at the getaway vehicle. Said Borerwe:
On the first occasion they slaughtered three cattle. Boldness and greed took over and three days later they were in the area, but this time their luck ran out and they were caught. Needless to say this was after an almost 80km high-risk chase in which their vehicle had to be eventually shot at. They were very determined such that had it not been for the bravery and persistence of the police officers involved, they could not have been caught,