Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
A Kuwadzana man was on Monday remanded in custody after he appeared in court charged for armed robbery involving over US$60 000.
Given Mandirasa also known as Stephen Sigauke, 30, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare Provincial Magistrate Dennis Mangosi, who remanded him in custody to April 20 and advised him to apply for bail at the High Court.
The court heard that in April last year, Mandirasa together with his accomplices who are already on remand planned to rob the complainant in the first count, Kudzai Mkosi armed with guns, knives and iron bars.
They reportedly drove to number 12992 Madokero Medical Centre in their getaway cars and when they arrived, two of the armed robbers who were armed with a pistol and a knife manhandled the security guard and dragged him to the backyard where they met two other robbers.
Mkosi’s supervisor Trymore Makumbe who had come for patrol checks was confronted by three of the robbers and they tied him down and dragged him to the guard room where they forced him to disclose information about Dr Wilson Chari or else he would be assaulted.
On the same night they went to Wilson Chari’s place of residence in Madokero and found his son Timothy about to enter the house and they approached him pretending to be a customers looking for lavender detergents and he called his mother Enia Mationesa Chari to assist and as they were attending to the potential customers, she was pointed with a pistol and ordered to go back into the house.
It is alleged that when they got into the house, the found Wilson Chari seated on the sofa and they had a verbal altercation that prompted the robbers to fire a gun shot at him which missed him and hit the wall.
All the occupants of the house were tied down and the doctor was assaulted and dragged to his bedroom where the robbers demanded money and stole US$49 000, ZAR9000, ZWL$7000, a laptop, cell phones, ten bottles of whiskey and other valuables which they loaded into his car which they used as a getaway car.
Lancelot Mutsokoti appeared for the State.