cows.jpgThe Police National Anti-stock Theft Unit says the continued reduction in cases of stock theft is due to concerted efforts by all stakeholders that include the judiciary and society at large.

Stock theft is one of few criminal cases that has received attention from law makers and other stakeholders.

 

This follows the mandatory sentence of between 9 to 25 years given to a person convicted of stealing a single beast.

 

National Coordinator of the Anti-stock Theft Unit Assistant Commissioner Bernard Dumbura said the current mandatory sentences given by the courts have contributed immensely to the 15% reduction in cases of stock theft this year.

 

He encouraged the public to work with the police and support police efforts in protecting the national herd.

 

This year has seen a Chipinge man being convicted and sentenced to 90 years imprisonment for stock theft, while a Marondera businessman, Colleen Boka, who was also convicted of stock theft was slapped with a 65-year jail term.