A Norton-based man has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of unlawful possession of 72 metres of copper cables belonging to the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA).
Edson Chiwara (24) appeared at the Harare magistrates’ courts before Magistrate Learnmore Mapiye who handed down the 10-year-sentence.
Chiwara pleaded to being found in possession of Zesa cables at the Criminal Investigation Department Minerals Flora and Fauna Unit on December 21, 2019. He said:
I was arrested by the police whilst l was carrying the cables aboard a commuter omnibus. I stole cables at Afro-China where there is construction going on.
The convict was stopped by police officers who were manning a roadblock at Harare showgrounds along Samora Machel avenue while aboard a Nissan Caravan.
Police checked the vehicle and discovered the 90-kilogram sack of the cables. Chiwara was arrested after failing to produce a permit which allowed him to possess the copper.