Accountant up for car theft

HARARE - A 27-year-old accountant who allegedly robbed a car at knifepoint has been arraigned before the Harare Magistrates’ Court.

Stephen Runyararo Nyapokoto yesterday appeared before regional magistrate Simon Rogers Kachambwa accused of robbing Lloyd Paza of his Toyota Fun Cargo.

The court heard that Nyapokoto went to Manresa Shops in Mabvuku, armed with a kitchen knife.

He approached Paza who was parked by the shops, and was using his vehicle as a taxi.

He allegedly lied that he wanted to be ferried to Silveira House, in Mabvuku, where he claimed he wanted to pick up his sick mother.

According to state papers, Nyapokoto got into the car and occupied the front passenger seat.

The court heard that as Paza drove towards Silveira House, Nyapokoto produced a knife.

He allegedly threatened to stab Paza, before ordering him to stop the car.

Nyapokoto went on to force Paza to drive the vehicle along a gravel road branching to the left. He asked Paza to stop the car, before pulling him out.

According to state papers, he ordered him to lie on the ground facing downwards and tied his hands on the back using a string.

Nyapokoto allegedly drove away together with Paza’s $10, which was on the dash board. He also drove away with Paza’s cell phone.

Paza, according to State papers, managed to untie himself and went to Lafarge Cement Company, where he got assistance to contact the owner of the vehicle.

The owner of the vehicle, Tafadzwa Masendeke, managed to locate the vehicle through the tracking system.

After the car’s position was located, police detectives were advised, leading to Nyapokoto’s arrest.

According to state papers, when Nyapokoto was arrested, he was using the vehicle as a taxi and had two passengers inside.

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