Trio in court over $412 000 heist

HARARE - Three men who allegedly robbed a woman of more than $400 000 cash at gun-point have appeared before Harare magistrate Don Ndirowei.

After the alleged robbery, Winnock Hahlani, 41, James Tabu, 28, and Amos Ndlamuti, 30, used the proceeds to buy cars.

The trio were remanded in custody to July 3 on charges of armed robbery and were advised to apply for bail at the High Court.

The court heard that on May 13 this year, Maureen Muparadzi was driving her car along Boshoff Drive in Graniteside on her way to deposit company money amounting to $412 798.

Muparadzi drove into the bank’s front parking area.  

As she was disembarking from the vehicle carrying a black bag containing the cash, Muparadzi was confronted by the three men.

It is the State’s case that one of the three men grabbed the bag and wrestled with Muparadzi, while another produced a pistol and ordered her to surrender the bag.

Allegations are that the trio managed to seize the bag and fled from the scene in their getaway car, a white pick-up truck that had South African registration number plates.

The trio reportedly drove towards Cripps and turned left into Kelvin North Road, with their accomplices following in a Toyota Altezza.

On June 15, police received information that led to the arrest of Hahlani.

His arrest led to the recovery of a Ford pick-up truck which he had bought, allegedly using the stolen money.

Hahlani then implicated Tabu and Ndlamuti as his accomplices in the alleged robbery.

Police recovered $3 000 from Tabu’s  Domboshava home and a Toyota  Altezza from Ndlamuti that he bought allegedly with money from the robbery.

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