Armed robber to be sentenced today

HARARE - An armed robbery suspect who bolted out of police custody after attacking two cops who were guarding his cell is receiving his sentence today.

Casper Chigariro, 33, of Epworth, had been booked into Mbare Cells in 2012 following an arrest over a spate of armed robberies.

After reportedly successfully escaping in 2012, he was later apprehended in February this year.

He was answering to robbery and escaping from lawful custody charges. He appeared before Harare regional magistrate Aidonia Masawi.

The complainant is Raymond Chitepo of Ruwa.

Prosecutor Norman Tsarwe alleged that on January 9, 2012, Chigariro was in the company of his accomplices Norest Mutambudzi and Shadreck Kanyera, who have already been convicted. They allegedly hatched a plan to rob Chitepo.

They arrived at Chitepo’s house at around 3am armed with machetes and iron bars, and broke into the home through the main gate, the court heard.

Chigariro and his accomplices allegedly broke into the bedroom where Chitepo was sleeping and demanded cash and other valuables.

The court heard that they ransacked the house and seized electrical gadgets. They allegedly loaded them into Chitepo’s Ford Ranger.

Chigariro then locked Chitepo in one of the rooms and fled from the scene.

They were later involved in an accident while driving the stolen vehicle. They reportedly abandoned it at the scene.

Chigariro was later arrested on January 27 at Rueben Shopping Centre in Epworth and confessed, leading to the recovery of some of the stolen property.

The total value of the stolen property was $31 000. At least $23 000 was recovered.

Chigariro was detained at Mbare Cells and misrepresented that he was Cuthbert Kuwaza.

Police officers then ordered all accused persons to come out for a head count.

The court heard that Chigariro suddenly bolted out of the cells and attacked two cops, before escaping from custody.

Police then lodged a manhunt for Chigariro and later managed to arrest him in February this year at Tiperary’s Nightclub following a tip-off.

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