Magistrate warns of stiffer penalties for unlawful entry

By ZBC reporter

Mutare magistrate says they are giving stiffer penalties for unlawful entry following an increase in such cases.
Tinashe Mwashita who appeared before Mutare magistrate Notibulga Muchineripi was sentenced to an effective six-month jail term following his conviction of unlawful entry after he stole a 10 kg bag of sorghum and 25 Zimbabwean dollars.
In passing sentence, the magistrate noted that although the value of the stolen property was little there was need to send a message to would-be offenders as cases of unlawful entry are on the rise.
She further indicated that a fine or community service would trivialise the matter hence a custodial sentence was appropriate.
Facts leading to Mwashita’s conviction are that on the 2nd of this month he broke into Marshall Manjengwa’s house in Zimunya and stole a 10 kg sack of sorghum and cash amounting to 25 dollars.
He was seen leaving the house by a neighbor who alerted the police leading to his arrest.
In another matter, a 19-year-old man was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment after he was convicted of unlawful entry.
Luckson Mhandu pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared in court.
It is reported that on the 5th of this month Mhandu broke into Maramwi Piki’s house in Piki Village and stole mobile phones valued at 400 United States dollars.
He was arrested after he was caught selling the phones.