Serial burglar jailed, car forfeited by the State

By Tapiwa Machemedze

A 47-year old Budiriro man has been jailed for five years after causing terror in Bindura where he broke into several cars and stole spares.

Vincent Joni will spend the next five years behind bars while his Black Toyota Wish used to ferry his loot was forfeited to the state.

Prosecutor Carson Kundiona told the court that from May last year to January this year, Joni broke into people’s yards and motor vehicles stealing car parts and other items.

Luck ran out for the accused when he was stopped by police driving his vehicle around midnight on the 5th of this month whereupon he was searched and found with spanners.

He confessed to the theft and led the police to his house where stolen car parts, a gas cylinder, and cell phone were recovered.

In passing sentence, Bindura Provincial Magistrate Tinashe Ndokera said Joni deserved a deterrent sentence as he was a serial burglar.