Border Jumper Sentenced 30 Months In Jail For Stealing Wheelchair

Victoria Falls magistrate, Ms Rangarirai Gakanje sentenced a 40-year-old Zhombe man to 30 months in jail for border jumping, and stealing a wheelchair and a cellphone in Botswana.

Siphosami Sibanda, of Zhombe in the Midlands province was convicted of two counts of exiting and entering Zimbabwe through ungazetted ports, two of theft and another of unlawful entry. He pleaded guilty to all the charges.

The magistrate sentenced Sibanda with 30 months in jail and suspended six months for five years on condition of good behaviour.

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The Prosecutor, Mr Onias Nyathi said Sibanda illegally left Zimbabwe for Botswana in March and April.

Nyathi said Sibanda broke into a house in Pandamatenga Camp Quarters and stole an LG cellphone. Sibanda is also said to have broken into Pandamatenga Clinic in Botswana and stole a wheelchair.

The accused was arrested on April 7 when he illegally entered Zimbabwe from Botswana. The cell phone and US$900 which was part of the money realised from selling the wheelchair were recovered after some investigations.


More: The Chronicle

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