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Jail-bird accused of stealing from warden

He pleaded not guilty to the theft charge and was remanded to March 20 for trial. The court heard that on November 23 2009, Jeke who was serving a jail term for another theft was released from prison after completing his term.

He met the complainant, Ester Mu-samirepamwe, a prison warden at the prison where he was serving. Musamirepamwe was coming from Bulawayo carrying her groceries when Jeke told her he had been released.

It is the state’s case that since Jeke had knowledge of the warden’s movements and residence, he managed to establish that Musamirepamwe was on night duty. At night, Jeke allegedly went to her residence and stole groceries worth US$50 and P200 cash.

Musamirepamwe discovered the theft when she came back from work in the morning and made a report to the police. Jeke had been on the run since that day until he was arrested last month.

Bruce Maphosa prosecuted.

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