Four robbeers locked up

HARARE - A Harare magistrate has jailed for 10 years each four men who at gunpoint stripped naked a Glen Norah man before robbing him.

Mukai Mugadza, 37, Ishmael Moyo, 35, Daniel Muradzikwa, 23 and Balakas Enzereni, 38, were each sent to prison for 10 years after being convicted on robbery charges.

Magistrate Sandra Mupindu however, suspended three years for five years on each of the four robbers’ sentence.

“All the four accused persons’ stories appeared hollow. At the end of the day, the State’s story is more believable and credible that in the defence story in the totality of the evidence and circumstances surrounding this offence,” Mupindu said.

According to State papers, the incident took place in August last year, when Enzereni approached the complainant Zvidzai Chikaingesu at around 3am.

Enzereni was driving a Mazda Familia, purportedly using it as a taxi, while at Glen Norah B shopping centre. Chikaingesu, hired the car to his place of residence, the court heard.

When Chikaingesu got into the car, Enzereni told him that the other three men were passengers who were going elsewhere.

Chikaingesu occupied the front seat and paid $3.

As they drove towards Glen Norah, Chikaingesu asked Enzereni to turn to his place of residence, but he refused.

Moyo told Chikaingesu that they were thieves and ordered him to calm down.

Enzereni drove towards Glen Norah C and Mugadza held Chikaingesu by the neck and asked him to surrender all his belongings. Mugadza and Moyo produced knives, and Enzereni pointed a gun at Chikaingesu.

Enzereni drove into a close in Glen Norah C, where he parked the car.

The gang stripped Chikaingesu naked, took his clothes, neck chain, three cell phones and $310.

They pushed the naked Chikaingesu out of the car, and sped off.

Chikaingesu managed to identify Enzereni in October last year, while in Mutomba Nite Club in Glen Norah B.

He alerted the police, leading to the subsequent arrest of the gang.

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