Gun-toting teenagers freed

HARARE - Two gun-toting teenagers who allegedly ambushed and shot at six cars in one night have been removed from remand for the second time after State witnesses failed to appear in court to give evidence.

Taylor Michael Cameron, 19, and his 17-year-old friend (name withheld), who are facing 10 counts of attempted murder, were initially removed from remand early last year after it emerged that investigations into the matter were not yet complete.

Harare magistrate Georgina Tsatsawani Ndava freed the pair after prosecutor Fransisca Mukumbiri told the court witnesses were not available.

Ndava issued arrest warrants against the witnesses, and the State is to proceed by way of summons.

The two were represented by Chris Mhike of Atherstone and Cook.

According to State papers, the two, Cameron and his accomplice, connived to shoot at motorists passing through the intersection of Leopold Takawira Street and Cork Road in July 2012.

It is alleged they hid in a ditch and shot at motorists passing through the traffic light-controlled intersection.

The incidents occurred around 9:30pm and one of the victims Ridwaan Bhaijee was hit at the back of his neck as he stopped to give way to traffic.

According to State papers, another victim, Thabalang Maroka is lucky to be alive, after the fired bullets missed him, but shattered his passenger window and his left rear view mirror.

Cameron and his accomplice, who according to State papers, are both scholars at St John’s College and American Hotel and Lodging Association respectively, shot at a taxi driver, Simba Katsande, who passed through the same intersection.

One of the bullets left a hole on his driver’s seat before shattering the rear passenger window.

It is alleged that the teenagers continued shooting at several other cars that passed through the same intersection.

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