A MAN from Harare has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for stealing railway line bars.
Jeffred Muzika appeared before Harare magistrate Mrs Evelyn Mashavakure who convicted him of theft.
Prosecutor Mrs Belinda Chimuka told the court that on September 14 this year, National Railways of Zimbabwe loss control officers were on a routine patrol along the railway line.
The court heard that upon approaching beat 3 and 4, loss control officers noticed Muzika and his accomplice removing components from the railway line.
They approached the two and upon realising that they have been seen, the accomplice fled, leaving behind Muzika who was then arrested after the security called for reinforcements as he was resisting.
The loss control officers then realised that it was Muzika who had removed the stretcher bar, point lever and coach screw from the railway line which they recovered as exhibits. The total value of stolen items is US$180.