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Trio accused of stock theft

A security guard and two other assailants have been arrested after they were found in possession of 285 kilograms of beef from five cows they allegedly stole at Methodist village in St Peter’s on the outskirts of Pumula.

A court heard the three allegedly stole the beasts and slaughtered them near the Pumula North ZESA substation. 

The security guard Nkazimulo Ngwenya (47) of Lobengula West, Micheck Mlambo (45) of Cowdray Park suburb and Chamunorwa Mahachi (48) of no fixed abode, appeared at Western Commonage Magistrates’ court facing a charge of stock theft.

Magistrate Tancy Dube did not ask the trio to plead and she remanded them in custody to Tuesday. 

State representative Tapiwa Solani narrated to the court that on February 6, 2021, the trio stole five beasts and slaughtered them. 

Solani said they were intercepted by the police who tried to stop them but they fled.

“On February 6, 2021, the accused persons went to stand number 9123 Methodist Village where they stole five beasts and slaughtered them near Pumula North Zesa substation,” he said.¬†

“The three were later intercepted by police officers who were on patrol but they did not heed to the instructions. The police officers chased after them leading to their arrest. Police recovered beef weighing 252 kilograms.”

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