ZVISHAVANE - The urge to show off in front of women recently landed a Zvishavane man in hot soup after he was arrested by the police after failing to prove that the gadgets he was in possession of were actually his.
Ellington Gumbo (24) left the gallery at the Zvishavane Magistrate Court in uncontrollable laughter after he told the Presiding Magistrate Lyn Manyika that he only took the iPad and a cannon camera only to show off to his girlfriend and was not intending to keep the things.
"I did not steal the items but took them only to impress my girlfriend whom I wanted to show that I had expensive things and was on my way home to return them when I was intercepted by the police," Gumbo told the court.
Magistrate Manyika sentenced Gumbo to 20 days in prison or alternatively to pay a fine of US$100 before the first day of June.
It was the State's case that on the May 17, 2017, Gumbo broke into the house of his boss, Thomas Svikore, who had gone to Mutare on a business trip and took an Apple iPad and a cannon camera valued at US$800 before vanishing.
He however ran out of his 'luck' after he was stopped for questioning by police details who were patrolling in Mandava around 23:00 hrs.
It was then found that he had some gadgets which he failed to produce proof that they were his, leading to his immediate arrest.
This was after the police had interrogated him and got confessions from Gumbo who revealed that he had taken the goods from his boss' bedroom.
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