Leonard Ncube, Victoria Falls Reporter
FOUR villagers from Lupinyu near Victoria Falls International Airport who broke into a compound at the airport and stole household property worth $6 600 were yesterday each jailed for an effective five years.
Dalubuhle Kona (32), Ceasemore Nyoni (25), Khulumani Ngwenya (30) and Nkosiyazi Kugedera (23) all from Lupinyu BH114 under Chief Mvuthu were convicted on their own plea of guilty by Victoria Falls resident magistrate Ms Lindiwe Maphosa.
Kona, Nyoni, Ngwenya and Kugedera were each jailed for six years and six months, but the magistrate suspended 18 months on condition of good behaviour leaving an effective five year jail term.
Prosecuting, Mr Listen Nare said the four accused committed the crimes between April 13 and 17.
The complainant in the matter is Mr Simbarashe Gomo, an engineer who had been left in charge of the premises in the absence of his workmates.
“On April 13 at about 3.30PM the complainant left for Bulawayo after closing all windows and doors.
“During the period April 13 to 16, and during the complainant’s absence, the accused persons forced open a bedroom and toilet window to gain entry,” said the prosecutor.