Notorious thief receives 5-year sentence for string of house break-ins in Hatcliffe


Harare magistrate Ms Caroline Matanga has handed down a significant verdict, sentencing Edward Makore (33), a well-known thief, to an effective five years behind bars. Makore was found guilty on eight counts of unlawful entry in aggravating circumstances following a comprehensive trial.

According to the State, led by Mr Takudzwa Jambawu, the series of incidents began on October 28 in Hatcliffe Consortium, when Makore targeted Keith Ravhu’s home while she was away at work. Taking advantage of her absence, the thief forcibly entered her cabin and made off with a car battery, solar panel, pots, solar controller, and US$90 in cash.

In the second count, Tatenda Ranjisi became the victim of Makore’s actions. Around 7 pm, the thief stole Ranjisi’s solar battery, solar inverter, and solar controller from their residence in Hatcliffe.

Makore’s criminal spree continued on October 27 when he broke into Elisha Makina’s house, making off with various electrical gadgets, galvanized valves, flex connectors, and capillaries, totaling a value of US$1500.

The modus operandi employed by Makore involved targeting additional victims within Hatcliffe Consortium, including Christabel Mupatsi, Richard Nyamayaro, Gilani Mazambuka, Dadirai Mupatsi, and Herbert Murandu. Following his arrest, some of the stolen property was recovered.

The conviction and subsequent sentencing of Makore send a clear message that criminal activities will not be tolerated in Zimbabwe. The ruling serves as a warning to potential offenders that the law will hold them accountable for their actions.

Residents of Hatcliffe can now breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that this notorious thief is no longer a threat to their homes and properties. The decisive legal action taken by Harare magistrate Ms Caroline Matanga demonstrates the commitment to maintaining law and order within the community.

As the dust settles on this case, the hope is that it will serve as a deterrent to others who may be contemplating similar criminal acts. The residents of Hatcliffe can now focus on rebuilding their sense of security and continue with their daily lives, knowing that justice has been served.

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