20 years for robbing soldier

HARARE - Five armed robbers who pounced on a Presidential Guard soldier before stealing his army regalia and identification particulars were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment yesterday.

Nyasha Mareya, 21, Tendai Sadiki, 28, Learnmore Ngoni Dzvairo, 22, Nicoh Mwinde, 27, and a teenager pleaded guilty to the charges when they appeared before Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya.

Mareya, Sadiki, Dzvairo and Mwinde were slapped with four years each before 18 months were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

The teen had two years suspended from his sentence after the magistrate considered his age.

The complainant was Conelius Masuku, 38, of 1 Presidential Guard Battalion.

The accused persons all reside in the same neighbourhood in Overspill Epworth.

Prosecutor Timothy Makoni proved that around midnight on April 6, Masuku was coming from Kwekwe and disembarked from the vehicle at Jameson Hotel along Samora Machel.

When he was at corner Leopold Takawira Street and Samora Machel Avenue he was approached by the accused persons.

One of the accused persons grabbed his neck while others searched his pockets and threatened to stab him with a knife.

Mareya and his gang then took Masuku’s black satchel that contained army uniform, identification particulars and Zanu PF card and $10 before fleeing from the scene.

The court heard that they ran towards Rezende Street and boarded an Epworth-bound commuter omnibus along Robert Mugabe.

Masuku followed after the gang and alerted constables Kembo, Kuzipa, and Kahumwe who were on patrol.

The three cops managed to apprehend Mareya and his accomplices sped off with Masuku’s satchel.

Mareya was interrogated and divulged information about his accomplices’ locations.

On April 7, detectives made follow-ups in Epworth and managed to arrest the teen, Sadiki, Dzvairo and Mwinde.

When searches were conducted, police recovered a Zimbabwe National Army uniform from Dzvairo and Mwinde’s residence.

Masuku’s black satchel was later recovered from 48 Mabvuku Drive, Old Mabvuku, Harare where it had been sold to Tinashe Obert Thompson.

The stolen property, valued $300 and $260, was recovered.

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This regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya is very consistence in justice delivery. At some point he should be made Chief justice of this country.

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