A cross border courier popularity known an omalayitsha Lenos Sithole (41) of Magwegwe North suburb in Bulawayo was arrested after he teamed up with unnamed accomplices and pulled down 640kgs of overhead copper cables valued at US$200 000, The Chronicle reports.
Sithole who is denying the charges levelled against him is said to have loaded the copper cables into a Toyota quantum with South African plates before they were intercepted at a fuel queue at Cross Dete.
In the court papers filed on behalf on Sithole in his bail application, Sithole denies the charges levelled against him and said:
There is no eye witness to state that indeed I travelled to and from Binga in the vehicle in question. I was heavily assaulted by police officers who arrested me while at my home. I met one Insurance Nhongo for the first time in prison and police are misleading the court by stating that I was at Cross Dete and also participated in the alleged crime which took place in Binga as I was never there
Police officers are only assuming that I was in the vehicle because of the TIP and my passport and nothing else. There was no identification parade, not even a single witness who can safely say I was present at the crime scene save for inadmissible confession from Nhongo
I was born in this country and have lived in this country for the better part of my life. I do not have the means and ability to escape the jurisdiction beyond the reach of law enforcement agents, and I am of fixed abode.
The state-led by Mrs Sifiso Ndlovu-Sibanda opposed bail and said there was overwhelming evidence against Sithole who reportedly committed the crime on 10 January this year.