26 years for housebreaking, theft

A local magistrate has slapped a 19-year-old habitual thief from the densely populated suburb of Ascot with a 26-year jail term. This is the longest criminal sentence witnessed at the local courts in many years.

Trymore Dube, who committed the criminal activities between March and September this year, was found guilty by magistrate Siphatekile Msipa of 45 cases of unlawful entry and theft where he got away with valuables worth over $20,000.

Prosecutor Bonwell Balamanja told the court that he also broke into Luckmore Nyagomo’s shop in Daysleford suburb, Twaya Hwanda’s grocery shop in Mkoba 6, Samuel Chihovo’s shop in Northlea, Shoprite supermarket in Woodlands and Takudzwanashe supermarket.

His luck ran out last week when police attended one of the criminal scenes in Southdowns suburb where he had left behind a pair of shoes from a hired taxi. A trap was set leading to his arrest.

Dube will however serve an effective 22 years after four years were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.

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