Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
SUSPECTED serial armed robber Musafare Mupamhanga who was on the run was yesterday dragged to court facing fresh charges of armed robbery, unlawful entry and unauthorised use of firearms among other charges.
Mupamhanga was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi.
The court heard that on June 4, and at T27 Kuwadzana 6 Complex the complainant, Happiness Jenami secured his shop by closing the windows and locking all doors and went home.
It is reported that Mupamhanga in the company of Chamunorwa Takawira and Leo Mandaza connived to steal from Jenami the next morning around 3am and went to the shop where they used iron bars to break locks securing the shop to gain entry.
Whilst inside, they stole 1500 various types of braids and loaded them into their getaway car, a Toyota Wish, registered AFM 4146 and drove away, the court heard.
Mandaza was later arrested at Willowvale Flats and he implicated Mupamhanga and Takawira who were then arrested at a car park in Glen View 7.
The trio led the police to Precious Musiiwa who had bought 900 pieces of the braids.
Mupamhanga was also facing a second charge of robbery in which the State alleged that on June 4, Mupamhanga and his accomplices hatched a plan to steal from the complainant Prosper Mudoweti who resides in Rusape.
The court heard that the gang went to Mudoweti’s house in Silver Bow Rusape where they entered into his bedroom after breaking the lock on the main door using an iron bar.
While inside the bedroom, the robbers woke up Mudoweti and his wife and pointed a pistol at the couple demanding cash and Mudoweti led two of the robbers to his car that was parked outside and he took US$500 which was in the driver’s door and surrendered it to the robbers, the court heard.
The State alleges that Mudoweti was led back into his house by the robbers where they demanded cellphones and he surrendered his Samsung A20, a gold and white Iphone 12, a black acer laptop, a gold watch and ignition keys for his two cars, a Lexus and a Mercedes Benz.
The robbers locked the couple in a toilet and fled.
Mupamhanga is also being charged for unlawful entry in aggravating circumstances in which the State is alleging that on June 1, Mupamhanga acting in common purpose with four others, Chamunorwa Takawira, Leo Mandaza, Spicer Takawira and James Nyakutsikwa broke into Tech Centre at Montagu Shopping Centre.
It is alleged that they broke into the shop using unknown objects and stole various types of cellphones and a safe containing US$3963 and $16350 and loaded them into their getaway car and fled.
Mupamhanga was also placed on remand for unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition and the court heard that upon being interviewed by the police for his other allegations he led to the recovery of a star pistol, seven live rounds of ammunition and he is not a valid firearm certificate holder.
Serial robber Spicer Takawira also appeared in the same court together with Chamunorwa Takawira accused of robbery.
The court heard that on January 14, the duo and their accomplices approached the security guard at Petzim Service Station in Highfields and inquired whether they had petrol and suddenly withdrew a pistol and pointed it at the guard ordering him to comply.
They broke into the office using an iron bar and stole a medical kit, hair clipper and a generator battery before they attempted to break the safe and failed then they went into the next Exide shop where they stole 15 batteries and fled.
Lancelot Mutsokoti appeared for the State.