A SUSPECTED thief plunged to his death after falling from a 35-metre high electricity pylon while his accomplice is now facing justice for contravening the Electricity Act for vandalising power distribution infrastructure.

The deceased was identified as Lovemore Mutaurwa.

His accomplice Tafadzwa Chasakara (39) of Budiriro 4B, Harare this week appeared at Kadoma Regional Court facing charges of violating section 60(a)(3)(b) of the Electricity Act chapter 13:09.

Magistrate Sheila Nazombe deferred judgement to May 31, 2023.

Complainant in the matter is Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) represented by loss control assistant, Rumbidzai Kembo.

State case, led by prosecutor Tendai Tapi, is that on February 6 this year, accused person and the now deceased connived to steal cables and proceeded to Gazmak Farm near Victory Park in Kadoma.

Court heard that upon arrival at the place, the pair cut 714 metres of cables weighing 30,6 kilogrammes from pylon towers and rolled them before concealing the contraband in a bush close to the road.

The two proceeded to another point where the now deceased climbed onto a 35-metre high ZESA pylon tower to cut cables whilst accused person stood guard.

Disaster struck after Mutaurwa ripped off cables prompting the pylon to collapse resulting in him plunging to the ground.

Accused person tried to resuscitate his injured colleague, but later dumped him in the bush after realising he had passed on.

On February 10, Chasakara went to Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Kadoma in connection with his friend’s death.

Investigations by police revealed accused person was present at the scene when the now deceased fell off the pylon and died.

Chasakara was immediately arrested and the following day around midday, led detectives and ZESA personnel to scene where he made voluntary indications of how his accomplice dropped to his demise after vandalising infrastructure.

A shoe the late Mutaurwa’s wore on the fateful day was recovered about 50 metres from the fallen pylon tower. — NewZimbabwe

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