Man steals grain bags ‘to start business’

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Leonard Ncube, Victoria Falls Reporter
A DARING man from Lwendulu outside Hwange town broke into a local Grain Marketing board (GMB) depot and stole more than 600 empty sacks.

David Chalisebela (33) told a court that the wanted to sell the 50kg bags and start a business.

Hwange magistrate Ms Sharon Rosemani convicted him on his own plea of guilty to unlawful entry and theft.

The magistrate sentenced Chalisebela to nine months in jail.

Chalisebela was however spared the agony of jail life after the magistrate suspended three months for five years on condition of good behaviour while the remaining six months were commuted to 210 hours of community service at Lwendulu High School.

The court heard that Chalisebela broke into Hwange GMB depot by jumping over a perimeter fence on July 10 at around 3:50AM.  He took 625 empty 50kg sacks and started running towards the exit.

“An alert security guard, Cornelius Muzugu of Online Security Company, gave chase and caught up with him,” prosecutor Mr Onias Nyathi said.

The sacks were valued at $187 and were all recovered.

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