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Car Crash Exposes $3,6 Million Copper Cable Stash

TWO suspected copper thieves who were nabbed after a car crash sold out their $3,6 million copper cable stash have been remanded in custody while on hospital beds.

Christine Muvirimi 36 and Valentine Peki 27, appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi charged with four counts of contravening the Copper Act, the Railway Act and Electricity Act.

The matter was rolled over to September 3.

According to court papers the two were involved in an accident on August 17 2021 around 05:30 am along Stanstead in Mabelreign, Harare.

They were reportedly  driving a Nissan Caravan and failed to get out of the wreckage only to be rescued by the police and Fire brigade.

After a report on the accident, Mabelreign police officers who attended to the scene found Muvirimi trapped on the front passenger seat while Peki was on the driver’s seat.

It is also the State’s case that police officers  observed 27 sacks containing copper wires loaded in the motor vehicle.

The two were removed and ferried to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for treatment.

The court heard that the police officers then carried the recovered copper wires to the station for safe keeping and exhibit. The motor vehicle was also taken to the police station for safe keeping.

The court papers also date that the recovered copper cables were positively identified by ZESA and National Railways of Zimbabwe Personnel.

The copper cables were weighed and the mass was 485 kilograms ZESA Copper cables, 129 kilograms NRZ, 34 Core Cables and 488 kilograms of scrap copper.

The total value of recovered copper cables is $3 624 825.00.

In other news, iHarare had reported that an illegal taxi (mushikashika) driver committed suicide by consuming poison at Zvishavane Central Police Station on Saturday.

It is alleged that the police had refused to return his vehicle which they had impounded for operating in contravention of COVID-19 regulations.

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