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Hungry security guard(71) arrested for stealing mealie meal

A senior citizen aged 71 guarding in Lupane has been sentenced to 30 months in jail. He allegedly used a duplicate set of keys to break into a supermarket on various occasions and stole groceries. Moses Ndlovu of Mpofu village outside Lupane Centre was employed as a security guard at #57 Bar.

He broke into Friserve Investment supermarket on various occasions between August 18 and last Thursday and stole mealie meal, flour, beans, and beef among other grocery items.

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Ndlovu, a father of 13, was arrested when workers at the shop who were puzzled by the mysterious disappearance of goods, hatched a plan to lay an ambush at night. He pleaded guilty to unlawful entry in aggravating circumstances when he appeared before Lupane resident magistrate Mr. Ndumo Masuku.

The magistrate said the crime was premeditated making Ndlovu’s moral blameworthiness high. “The accused gained entry in aggravating circumstances which entails a violation of other people’s rights. He used a duplicate key to open the complainant’s shop and stole various grocery items on several occasions. The offense was well calculated and premeditated as he used the same modus operandi to open the premises on several occasions.

The accused elderly was expected to be a role model to the younger generation and as a watchman, he was supposed to display a high degree of responsibility. As such the court is of the view that community service will be too light in this case,” said the magistrate before slapping Ndlovu with 30 months in jail.

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Ndlovu will however serve an effective 24 months after the magistrate suspended six months for five years on condition of good behavior. Prosecuting, Mr Clive Gumbo said the owner of the shop Mr Talent Kembo who is the complainant noticed the anomaly and hatched a plan to catch the thief.

A security guard from a nearby bar heard the noise and rushed to the scene before arresting Ndlovu who was handed over to the police. The total value of stolen groceries was $4 450 and $1 050 worth of goods were recovered.

Source : Chronicles

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