Polish envoy robber jailed

HARARE - A Mbare man who stole a handbag from the Polish ambassador to South Africa has been jailed for 30 months.

Trymore Manyepe, 33, was in the business of targeting business executives and ambassadors who frequent hotels.

Magistrate Blessing Murwisi-Nyemba sentenced Manyepe to 48 months in prison but suspended 12 months on condition of good behaviour.

Another six months were suspended on condition he restitutes the $4 200 he stole.

Facts leading to his conviction are that on April 3, 2014, Aleck Mutamangira, branch manager of Standard Chartered Bank Southerton branch, parked his BMW outside Courtney Hotel.

While he was inside, Manyepe and his accomplices Reginald Zuze and Charles Mubika — who are still at large — opened the back door of the car with an unknown object and stole a Marco Covari and Dunhill suit before fleeing.

On April 23, police investigations led to the searching of Manyepe’s girlfriend’s house where the Marco Covari suit was recovered.

Using the same modus operandi, Manyepe and his accomplices broke into Obed Mbedzi’s car and stole laptops, clothes and perfume samples.

While conducting a search at Manyepe’s girlfriend’s house, police recovered some women’s clothes and one of the laptops.

Prosecutor Chrispen Chikafu told the court that on April 5, the Polish envoy Anna Raduchowska-Brochwicz was seated with a friend at the entrance of Meikles Hotel when Manyepe and his accomplices grabbed her handbag and fled.

Inside the bag were mobile phones, a diplomatic passport and identity card as well as $1 800.

After stealing, Manyepe went to see his girlfriend and gave her one of the stolen mobile phones as a present.

Comments (5)

why not arrest the girl friend. She is an accomplice to these shenanigans.

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 1 October 2014

this is shoddy reporting at its best. you fail to give a chronological sequence of events that led these thieves to be identified as suspects, how the girlfriend was identified and how they were eventaully arrested. a chronology of events is quite inorder. dont just summarise because the story becomes meaningless

Poor Reporting - 1 October 2014

Point noted Editor but your journalist should have written the article in a more interesting way as some of us are interested in reading crime and court stories. As it is it's not stimulating

Chitima - 2 October 2014

Point noted Editor but your journalist should have written the article in a more interesting way as some of us are interested in reading crime and court stories. As it is it's not stimulating

Chitima - 2 October 2014

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