THE HERALD- Three notorious robbers, Musa Taj Abdul, Charles Lundu and Sean Andile Dhlamini, who were convicted of 13 counts of armed robbery, mostly done in Borrowdale, Harare, have each been sentenced to an effective 38 years in jail if they pay back the proceeds of their crimes.
Harare regional magistrate Mr Ignatio Mhene sentenced the three to 10 years each for the first count of robbery.
The remaining 12 counts were combined to become seven counts and each was sentenced to seven years imprisonment bringing the total to 52 years.
Eight years were suspended on condition that they do not commit a similar offence within the five years following their eventual release from prison, four years were suspended on condition that they restitute US$2 416 to the complainant of count one by March 30, and two years were suspended on condition that they restitute the other complainants US$1 070.
So they are to serve effective 38 years in jail.
On the other 12 counts, the court heard that on July 25, 2020 and at Trauma Centre along Borrowdale Lane, the three armed themselves with a shot gun, pistols, hammer and iron bars and robbed 12 individuals of cellphones and laptops.
The complainants are Todoka Wilbert, Simon Machemedze, Jerifanos Fana, Faith Chatikobo, Stewart Vengayi, Pamela Isaac, Juliana Tsikidzi, Elita Sakala, Grace Manjengwa, Dorcas Ephraim and Cheryl Masvosva.