Suspected armed robberappears in court

HARARE - A Taxi driver suspected to be a ringleader of a syndicate of armed robbers that have terrorised Harare has appeared in court.

Christopher Chadambuka, 24, of 544 Old Canaan, Highfield, appeared in court on Monday facing five counts of robbery and three charges of unlawful entry in aggravating circumstances.

He appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe.

Mahwe remanded Chadambuka in custody.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira alleged that on November 1 last year, around 1am, Chadambuka was in the company of his accomplices John Kamudyariwa, Lawrence Makina Makosi, Joseph Dube, Tommy Kapondoro, Luke Machivenyika, Given Mushore, Rocky Tamai and Trust Kauzani.

The nine were wearing balaclavas and approached Sidwell Mashinda who was on duty guarding Church of Christ of the Later Day Saints in Ardbernie Harare and produced a pistol before threatening to shoot him if he did not comply with their demands.

Accused persons tied Mashinda’s hands and legs using shoe laces and electric cables before robbing him of $160.

They proceeded to the church office and broke a door padlock to gain entry into the chapel. Mashinda managed to untie himself and jumped over the precast wall while shouting for help.

Chadambuka and his accomplices fled before stealing anything from the church.

It is the state’s case that accused persons returned to the church on November 20 and found Tafadzwa Mushonga on duty guarding the premises.

They also produced a pistol, tied his hands and legs before proceeding to the clerk’s office.

Chadambuka broke into the office using an unidentified object and stole a computer, projector, microphone and media player valued at $2 488 before fleeing the scene.

The state further alleged that on December 24, Chadambuka and his accomplices pounced on a Borrowdale couple Last Mapuranga and Yvone Muvhimwa armed with a pistol and iron bars.

Mapuranga wrestled with one of the accused persons — who subsequently fired a shot in the house and demanded cash.

Accused persons ransacked the house and loaded the loot in Mapuranga’s car. They later dumped the car in Southerton Industrial area in Harare.

On January 15, Chadambuka and accomplices allegedly proceeded to Glen Mac Robert Smith and Sara Robert Smith’s residence armed with iron bars and a pistol.

They fired shots at Smith who panicked and fell down, before assaulting him with an iron bar.

Accused persons stole valuables worth $17 000 before fleeing the scene.

The court heard on January 18, accused persons broke into Sibna Electronics at corner Samora Machel Avenue and Julius Nyerere Way and stole television sets valued at $9 130.

On January 28, accused persons approached Edwin Musengi who was on duty guarding Marble Properties and produced a pistol before tying his legs and hands using shoe laces.

One of the accused was left guarding Musengi, while the rest looted gadgets from the reception, accounts and director’s office.

Chadambuka and his accomplices allegedly broke into Methodist Church New Cranbone in Harare on February 4 and stole $7 677 and also broke a safe at 96 Prince Edward Road in Harare  before stealing $24 233.

The value of stolen property is $76 126, 30 and only $22 600 was recovered.

Comments (2)

Would be nice to know what sentance they got.

Harare resident - 9 May 2015

Anyone know of what sentence they recieved.

Harare resident - 11 September 2015

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