A Mutoko cellphone thief who was on the run for three years after skipping the border to Mozambique has been jailed for one year.
John Magaso (19) of Tsonga village under Chief Goronga in Mudzi recently appeared before magistrate Tawanda Mtetwa, who slapped him with a custodial sentence.
He will serve seven months in jail after Mtetwa suspended five months on condition he does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.
Prosecutors said on January 29, 2016 at around 9pm, Magaso and two other accomplices stormed Fair Dhewa’s yard and stole a Samsung Note 4 cellphone through the window while the owner was sleeping.
Magaso removed the Econet line, which was in the cellphone and left it on the window before disappearing into the dark.
Dhewa reported the matter to the police, who traced the stolen phone to a neighbour, Forward Dick.
Magaso escaped to Mozambique after hearing about Dick’s arrest and was only arrested after three years