TWO Chiadzwa men recently appeared in court for allegedly stealing diamond pieces worth US$16 000.
The diamonds were not recovered.
Munyaradzi Clive Makombe (29) and Farai Murombe (38) appeared before Mutare provincial magistrate, Mr Richard Ramaboa.
They were charged with theft as defined in Section 113 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23.
Mr Ramaboa adjourned the matter to February 4 for continuation of trial, while Mr Nyasha Gerald Mukonyora prosecuted.
Mr Mukonyora said on September 5, 2022, at Anjin Investments (Private) Limited in Chiadzwa, Makombe and Murombe unlawfully took pieces of diamonds from the company.
“Makombe’s duties, among others, were to monitor the conveyor belt to a provided tray and waste buckets. Murombe’s duties were to provide security in the picking room and to detect any thefts and misconduct among the diamond pickers.
“On September 5, 2022, the two accused persons hatched a plan to steal the pieces of diamonds from their employer. Makombe took advantage of the absence of their supervisor in the picking room to steal the diamonds.
“Makombe went to the glove box and removed the diamond pieces from the picking tray and placed them on the conveyer belt. He made the diamonds spill into an empty waste bin. He took the diamond pieces and placed them in his mouth.
“However, Mr Cephas Maziraho who was monitoring the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) discovered the offence. He informed Makombe’s supervisor. Makombe was ordered to stop working until the arrival of a security officer,” said Mr Mukonyora.
During that time, Makombe spat the diamond pieces from his mouth and handed them to Murombe who was on his way out of the picking room.
“The security supervisor arrived and searched Makombe, but nothing was recovered. Murombe had left the stolen diamonds outside.
“The estimated value of the stolen diamonds is US$ 16 000 and nothing was recovered. The video footage shows what transpired and can be produced in this court as an exhibit,” said Mr Mukonyora.
— Manica Post