TWO Mozambicans who were caught red-handed siphoning crude cooking oil from a truck they were driving were last week jailed three months for theft.
Abdul Mussa Sulumane (39) of Munyava Village, Beira, Mozambique, a truck driver employed by Lalgy Transport and his friend, Quefasse Panganane, were, however, lucky to escape jail after Rusape magistrate, Mrs Elizabeth Hanzi wholly suspended the jail term on condition of good behaviour.
The duo were not represented and pleaded guilty to the theft charges.
Public prosecutor, Mr Kudakwashe Brown, told the court that the two acting in connivance tampered with the security seals while at Truck Inn, Rusape and siphoned crude cooking oil worth $240.
“On May 3, Sulumane was delivering crude cooking oil from Beira to Harare which was secured with security seals. On May 4 at around midnight, Sulumane who was in the company of his friend, Panganane stopped at Truck Inn, Rusape along Harare-Mutare Highway.
“The two broke security seals on the tank and started draining crude cooking oil from the tanker. Lalgy Transport manager, Elisha Uranda, acting on a tip-off teamed up with police detectives and arrested the accused persons at the crime scene. A total of 240 liters of crude cooking oil which they had siphoned into two plastic containers was recovered,” said Mr Brown.