Vegetable seller bags five years for stealing car from accident scene

41-year-old Zimbabwean vegetable seller, Sindiwo Mlotshwa, has bagged a 5 year jail sentence after he was found guilty of stealing a car from an accident scene and converting it into a taxi.

Vegetable seller bags five years for stealing car from accident scene lailasnews

The vegetable seller who got involved in an accident in Masvingo last Friday, reportedly stole the car at an accident scene on May 3. The Chronicle reported that the suspect took advantage of the commotion that broke out after Takesure Chitsungo — who was driving a Honda Fit vehicle — allegedly negligently caused an accident with Ms Relisha Gumamhere along Jason Moyo Street between 4th and 5th Avenues in Bulawayo.

All hell broke loose when a mob gathered and grabbed Chitsungo. The mob was allegedly dissuaded from meting out instant justice and instead dragged him to Bulawayo Central Police Station. Mlotshwa allegedly got into the Honda Fit and drove off, unseen.

Chitsungo who returned to the scene of the incident with the police, couldn’t find the car and no one could explain how it vanished.

Mlotshwa who pleaded guilty to the said crime he was arraigned for, said;

“The money I was getting from selling fruits and vegetables was not enough that is why I stole the car to use as a pirate taxi. I wanted to earn a living for my three children and I apologise for my actions”.

However, Bulawayo regional magistrate Mr Crispen Mberewere who disclosed that Mlotshwa’s action traumatized Chitsungo as he had already been attacked by the mob after the accident, said;

“What you did was stupid. A car is not like a handkerchief that you can take and hide in a pocket. What you did traumatised the complainant more as he had been involved in an accident and been harassed by the mob who dragged him to the police station. However, the court also considers that the car was found and that your actions were not premeditated as you just took advantage of the situation”.

The magistrate sentenced him to five years in prison and suspended two years on condition that he does not repeat a similar offence in the next five years. He will serve an effective three years behind bars.

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