HARARE - A gang leader of armed robbers who broke into a workshop and stole wheels from Police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri’s Mercedes Benz in Chitungwiza was slapped with a one-year jail term yesterday.
Aaron Nyamajiwa was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by Harare magistrate Francis Mapfumo before one year was suspended on condition of good behaviour.
“I was considering committing you to community service but the report from your community service vetting shows that you are not a suitable candidate,” said Mapfumo.
Prosecutor Peter Kachirika proved that Nyamajiwa of Zone 5, Hopely Farm, Waterfalls in Harare hatched a plan to steal from Kidsdale Enterprises, 19817 Telcor Industries in Chitungwiza.
Nyamajiwa connived with three other unknown accomplices and armed themselves with spanners, iron bars and rat poison.
The court heard that Kidsdale was being manned by two security guards from Sincere Security, Judah Tachi and Tapiwa Chiweshe but they fell asleep on duty before Nyamajiwa and his accomplices broke into the premises.
They fed two dogs that also guarded the premises with rat poison and the two pets died instantly.
The robbers reportedly removed two rear fitted wheels from the first Mercedes Benz registration numbers ADS 0690 and four rear fitted wheels from the other car with registration numbers ADS 0689.
Nyamajiwa and his accomplices also removed two panels from the precast walls and escaped with the property.
The following day, another guard Reggie Gangazha reported for duty at 6 am and discovered the offence.
He reported the matter to the police leading Nyamajiwa’s arrest.
Nyamajiwa led detectives to the recovery of four wheels from one Gift Govha in Lochinvar, Harare.
The other wheels had been sold to Drashma Chikwengo in Kambuzuma, Harare.