20 Sep, 2022 - 00:09 0 Views


…Four accused of terrorising H-Town, ChiTown

Zvikomborero Parafini

FOUR suspected armed robbers, blamed for a spate of robberies in different parts of Harare, have been nabbed and were hauled to court yesterday.

Cleopas Kandawasvika, Elvis Masuka, Brandon Gwenzi and Stewart Mabhiza appeared before Harare magistrate, Taurai Manuwere, on separate records.

Gwenzi, Kandawasvika and Mabhiza appeared together in another case.

The court heard that on August 25 last month, the trio broke into the complainant’s home in Chitanda Village, under Chief Seke.

They broke the door using an unknown object.

They found the complainant asleep and produced an unidentified pistol which they used to threaten him.

They demanded money and he handed them a suitcase with US$2 500.

They also took his cellphones before assaulting him and his wife and they tied them with shoe laces before disappearing.

The couple managed to untie themselves and made a police report.

One of the suspects was arrested, while in possession of the pistol, which was used in the robbery.

It led to the arrest of the other two.

Kandawasvika and Masuka, who also appeared on another armed robbery charge.

The court heard that on July 26, the duo went to Melody Manjeru’s residence in Chitungwiza, at around 6pm, dressed in police trench coats and blue work suits with reflectors.

The court heard that Manjeru opened the gate for the gang and two of them then produced police identity cards, introducing themselves as policemen from Harare Central Police Station.

One of them produced an unknown firearm and told Manjeru they were searching for dangerous drugs.

They tied her, and her four-year-old daughter and maid Nyarai Mukarakate, using electric cables.

They allegedly ransacked the house and took US$4 500 and $500 from Manjeru’s pillow and five cellphones.

Gwenzi also appeared by himself charged with theft of a motor vehicle.

The court heard that on November 26 last year, Gwenzi and his accomplice, Atipaishe Sibanda, who is already in remand prison for the same charge, were offered a lift by Richard Chinhaire at Mbudzi roundabout.

They claimed they were going to Chitungwiza via Zengeza 4.

When they got to PaGomba, one of them asked to be dropped off and then grabbed Chinhaire by the neck.

The other produced a pistol and ordered him to sit on the passenger seat.

Chinhaire was pushed out of the vehicle before they drove off in his Honda Fit.

Sibanda was later arrested and he implicated Gwenzi.

The vehicle was recovered at a private car park in Westgate.

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