Chinhoyi highway robber nabbed

HARARE - A member of a gang of robbers that used a hired Honda CRV as a getaway car and targeted passengers travelling to Chinhoyi yesterday appeared before the courts facing charges of robbery.

Tapiwa Mudimu, 23, and his accomplices would allegedly drive into a bushy area with the complainants and rob them at knife point.

Magistrate Milton Serima remanded Mudimu in custody to October 10 and advised him to apply for bail at the High Court.

On February 6, Costa Master hired a Honda CRV and teamed up with Tapiwa Kunaka, Tapiwa Mudimu and Asy Mafaro who are still at large before proceeding to Westgate roundabout.

They allegedly went to the bus stop along Lomagundi Road and pretended to be passengers looking for transport to Chinhoyi.

The court heard that while they were standing at the bus stop they saw Christopher Mapurani and Beta Vircus who were also going in the same direction.

Tapiwa Kunaka, who was driving the getaway car stopped and indicated that he was going to Chinhoyi and with Mapurani and Vircus sitting in the back seat of the vehicle.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira alleges that Kunaka drove about a kilometre along Lomagundi Road and turned into Arcacia Drive pretending as though he wanted to collect something.

As he was driving he allegedly turned into a dusty road were one of his two accomplices who were in the car produced a knife and demanded Mapurani and Vircus’s valuables.

It is the State’s case that Mapurani and Vircus were stabbed several times before they eventually surrendered their belongings.

Mapurani and Vircus were ordered to disembark from the car after they had surrendered cash, mobile phones and seven police dockets among other items.

The two managed to get the car’s registration number before it disappeared into the night.

On March 26, follow-ups were made through the Central Vehicle Registry leading to the recovery of the getaway car and arrest of Mudimu.

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