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Mazowe prisoner escapes from jail

A 20-year-old Chiweshe man currently serving a jail term at Mazowe escaped from prison after observing that prison officers were not vigilant.

The matter came to light at Concession magistrates court on Friday where Blessing Mariti appeared before magistrate Joshua Nembawari on escaping a lawful custody charge.

He was slapped with a one-year jail term for his shenanigans.

In his defense, he told the magistrate that since it is raining he wanted to get gumboots, soap, and a towel hence he did not escape.

“Your worship I just wanted to pick gumboots,soap and my towel I did not escape as such,” Mariti said.

Prosecutors said on December 21 Mariti was in company of other inmates at Mazowe Prison dog kennels conducting general cleaning.

He hatched a plan to escape and he escaped.

A prison officer Tinashe Mudanwa discovered that Mariti had escaped and teamed up with other officers who searched for him and found him kilometers away.

He was arrested by another prison officer Stewart Ruwona.

In other news – Beitbridge armed robber escaped from Chikurubi

An armed robber who was subjected to mob justice at the hands of Beitbridge residents this week is a hardened criminal who broke out from Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in November last year.

Mhikia Pirikisi of Farm 159 Dewure Small Scale Farms near Tirizi School in Gutu, was serving a four-and-half-year term for armed robbery when he escaped from prison three months ago.Learn More

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