Man jailed for breaking into vehicle, theft

HARARE - A 38-year-old man was yesterday arraigned before a Harare magistrate on charges of smashing car windows and stealing from the vehicle.

Simbarashe Mabhekani was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Don Ndirowei.

It is the state’s case that on March 5, Mabhekani allegedly teamed up with his accomplices who are still at large and went to the intersection of Churchill and College roads in Alexandra Park, where they allegedly waited to rob passing cars.

The court heard that the complainant (name withheld) stopped at the traffic lights, and Mabhekani and his accomplices allegedly smashed the front passenger window.

The group allegedly took a black shoulder bag, a  .357 Colt Python magnum revolver, an HTC mobile phone, a knife in a pouch and other personal particulars from the passenger seat.

Allegations are that Mabhekani and his accomplices ran towards the University of Zimbabwe, with the complainant following behind but he failed to catch up with them.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira told the court that on May 16, the police received information that an HTC with the same serial number as the stolen one had been recovered from Kudakwashe Chikuni.

Mabhekani was subsequently arrested and he implicated Timothy Maposa, Taurai Mutape, Chirawu, who are all still at large. - Helen Kadirire

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