CHIPINGE TIMES REPORTER
CHIPINGE -Three Securico Security Company guards were slapped with a five-year jail term each for stealing US$60 360. The money was meant for refugees at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge.
On Monday this week Chipinge Magistrate Elizabeth Hanzi- handed down the sentence to Admit Kuora, Tafadzwa Kwenda and Eric Ruuswa. She went on to say jail terms would be wholly suspended if the trio restitute the complainant US$20 120 each before the end of June 2022.
Prosecutor Timothy Katsande told the court that the theft happened in December 2021 at Tongogara refugee camp. The trio and three other Securico guards were delivering monthly allowances meant for the refugees using cash-in-transit vehicles.
The cash-in-transit vehicles were parked outside a room where the guards were sleeping. Kuora, Kwenda and Ruuswa sneaked out of the room, opened a safe and stole two trunks with US$60 360. The trio hid the boxes and returned to bed.
The theft was discovered the following morning and a Police report was made. Investigations by Chipinge Criminal Investigation Department (CID) led by Hosea Godhibha concluded that the trio had stolen the money leading to their arrest.
Simon Simango of Nyikadzino Simango Associates represented the accused who pleaded not guilty. https://chipingetimes.co.zw/