A Chipinge man was sentenced to 2 years in jail for breaking into a home and stealing a Bible, Newsday reports. The man was initially sentenced to 36 months in prison before 6 months were suspended on condition of good behaviour and a further 6 months on condition that he restitutes the complainant.
Dingani Mucheto who is jointly charged with Simon Gwenzi Chibhoso, stole the bible only when they broke into the house of a teacher and when he was asked why the Bible only Dingani said:
I stole the Bible because I just liked it. I fell in love with it, that is why I took it
It is the state’s case that:
On April 13, at around 6am, the complainant, Edith Kaziboni, who is a teacher at Mundanda Primary School, went to her home in Chipinge town.
She later received a call that there had been a break-in at her cottage. Kaziboni went back to the school and discovered that her groceries and household property, including the Bible had been stolen and made a police report.
She later received a tip-off that some of her stolen property was being sold at Mundanda Business Centre and advised the police.
The police conducted a raid, leading to the arrest of Mucheto and Chibhoso.
Investigations led to the recovery of some of the property and it was later revealed that Mucheto only stole the Bible.