IT’S often said that the love of money is the root of all evil and the saying proved true for a Bulawayo man whose love for money landed him in the dock for stealing from a neighbour and colleague.
Twenty-one-year-old Robson Chiwanga did not think twice about stealing from his neighbour and colleague Admire Munotiyi (25) when he made off with the latter’s HP laptop, a charger and school identification card.
The two are on industrial attachment at the National Railways of Zimbabwe and are also neighbours at the NRZ Rufaq Quarters in Bulawayo.
Appearing before Bulawayo magistrate Lesigo Ngwenya, Chiwanga pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful entry and theft.
Prosecutor Ephraim Manongore said on 20 August 2019, at around 11 pm Chiwanga reportedly broke into his neighbour’s house through an open window and stole Munotiyi’s property.
Chiwanga escaped unnoticed through the window.
The accused, however, ran out of luck when he was spotted an hour later with the stolen items.
“Investigations were done and accused was found in the possession of the stolen property, leading to his arrest,” stated the prosecutor.
The value of the stolen goods amounted to US$400 and everything was recovered.
Chiwanga was sentenced to 210 hours of community service.