Armed robber jailed 24 years

MASVINGO - A 23-year-old armed robber from Zaka will languish in prison for the next 24 years after he was convicted of robbing a total $602 at gun point.

He did the robberies on different occasions and attempted to kill one of his victims.

Masvingo provincial magistrate Esther Muremba convicted Marshwell Kurauone of Chihoko Village in Zaka.

The serial robber was facing three counts of robbery, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and attempted murder charges after he shot one of his victims.

Magistrate Muremba initially slapped him with a 32-year jail sentence but suspended eight on condition of good behaviour for four years.

In passing the sentence, magistrate Muremba said Kurauone deserved a stiff sentence because he committed a series of serious offences and aggravated his case by shooting one of his victims.

He was slapped with ten years each for three armed robbery charges, two years for unlawful possession of a firearm and had his attempted murder charges reduced after he argued that he had no intention to kill his victim, whom he shot on the knee.

Kurauone, who had no legal representation, pleaded guilty to the five charges and rejected only one.

Prosecutor Sophia Busvumani told the court that on November 11, last year, Kurauone robbed Absolom Murambwi of $150 at gun point at Detoyi bus stop in Chiredzi before shooting him on the right knee.

The court further heard that on November 20, the same year, Kurauone pounced on Simbarashe Musananguro at his shop at Chiredzana business centre in Zaka and robbed him of $380 and an MTN phone while pointing his 9mm Vektor pistol at his head.

Kurauone was at it again two days later when he preyed on Patrick Mudzingwa at Jerera Growth Point and took away his $102 and a Nokia 1110 phone.

Kurauone’s luck ran out after he was arrested by police detectives acting on a tip off at Tshovani bus terminus in Chiredzi on February 11, this month.

He had unlawfully produced his pistol twice in public, leading bystanders to alert police who subsequently arrested him. - Godfrey Mtimba

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