Armed robber hands self to the police

BULAWAYO - One of Bulawayo’s most wanted armed robbers Bruce Lindani Ziyambi has been brought before the courts after surrendering himself to the police for robbing two firearms and jewellery worth $1 100 at gun point.

Ziyambi, who has been on the run since June last year, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Tinashe Tashaya but claimed he was not part of any gang of robbers.

He told the court he could not continue being a fugitive and needed to come clean with the police so that they stop hunting for him.

Tashaya denied the accused bail and remanded him in custody to April 24 for trial.

It is alleged that on June 28 last year at midday, Ziyambi in the company of Morgan Zulani Ndlovu and Kelvin Ncube and one Ndodana who are still at large, planned to go and steal from Edward Smith of Burnside suburb in the city.

Forty minutes later, Ziyambi and his gang approached Smith’s house.

Ndlovu remained on guard at the gate while Ziyambi rang the bell which was attended to by the couple’s gardener Jackson Nyameni Dube.

Ziyambi lied to Dube that he was a Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) employee and he wanted to check the meter box and other switch plugs in the house. Dube led the accused to the meter box and then referred him to the maid Beauty Dube who was supposed to show Ziyambi the main switches in the house.

Ncube joined Ziyambi and they both produced pistols threatening to shoot the maid and the gardener while they force marched them into the house where Ziyambi tied both their hands and legs before covering their faces with pillows.

Ndodana then entered the house and the trio stole a steel cabinet safe containing $400, jewellery and a 3.57 Smith and Wesson revolver with six rounds of ammunition.

They loaded the loot onto a Mazda Rustler and drove away, leaving behind both maid and gardener struggling to untie themselves with the help of neighbours, before they called their employer, who reported the matter to police.

On July 27, Ziyambi was arrested after surrendering himself to the police and a gold ring containing diamond chips,a pair of earrings and leopard claws were recovered before he led the police to a pit at Townsend High School where he had hidden the two guns.

CID Homicide officers phoned Smith’s wife on the same day where she positively identified the recovered jewellery.


Comments (3)

good for you man ,i think he really wants to come clean take what ever is thrown at you and reform

eish! - 17 April 2014

surrendering does no mean is clean ,lets all procedures be followed to exonerate the suspect

mavhurungidze - 17 April 2014

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