Four arrested for theft of firearms at Pomona

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One of the suspects was last Friday sentenced to 15 years imprisonment while all the firearms — 20 AK 47 rifles and a shotgun — were recovered at their respective homes in the city.

Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka confirmed the developments yesterday. He said three of the suspects who are ZNA members would be court-martialed.

“We can confirm that we have recovered the stolen possessions at the suspects’ respective residences,” he said.

“One of the suspects has already been charged in court while the other suspects, who were members of the army, will be duly charged according to the Zimbabwe National Army’s guidelines.”

Last Friday, Harare Magistrate Mr William Bhila convicted Stanley Marange after finding him guilty of two charges. The first was that of unlawful entry and theft while the second related to the possession of dangerous weapons.

Mr Bhila sentenced him to 15 years with labour for the first count, but suspended three for five years on condition he does not commit any offence involving dishonesty during this period.

On the second count, Marange (30) was sentenced to five years with labour. The sentence is to run concurrently with the first.

Last month, Marange unlawfully entered One Engineers Support Regiment Armoury at Pomona Barracks by cutting the screen door padlocks using a bolt cutter.

He took six empty AK 47 magazines, one of which was loaded with 27 live rounds of ammunition. He also took 20 AK 47 rifles and a shotgun.Marange was later found in possession of an empty AK 47 magazine and four AK 47 rifles.

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