Fired domestic worker turns to crime, steals from former employer and neighbours

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Nyanga man sentenced for serial thefts from former employer, neighbours

In a troubling case that has left a community on edge, a 28-year-old Nyanga man has been brought before the Nyanga Magistrates’ Court, facing three counts of theft. The suspect, who was previously employed as a domestic worker, has been accused of targeting his former employer and two other local residents.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe, the accused was fired from his position on April 12th, 2024. The very next day, he allegedly returned to the complainant’s home while she was away at a funeral and stole a host of items, including three buckets of yams, three buckets of maize, and a bed cover. The suspect is also accused of stealing five chickens from the complainant’s fowl run.

Upon the complainant’s return, she discovered that her doors had been left open, and the missing property was nowhere to be found. It was later reported that the accused had been seen selling the stolen goods.

The suspect’s criminal activities did not end there. On April 29th and 30th, he is said to have dug up potatoes from the fields of two additional complainants, valued at a total of $96 USD.

Thorough investigations by the authorities led to the recovery of five bags of the stolen potatoes and the eventual arrest of the suspect.

The court found the accused guilty on all three counts of theft and sentenced him to a total of seven months in prison. Three months of the sentence were suspended, and an additional month was suspended on the condition of restitution. The remaining three months were further suspended, provided the suspect completes 105 hours of community service.

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