Stolen cap nails 'robbers'

HARARE - A suspected gang of car hijackers which stripped and robbed a couple before speeding off in their vehicle, had its luck run out after a cap belonging to one of the victims, gave away their identities.

The trio of Revai Majuta, 22, Charles Muzavazi, 34, and Kudzanai Chikudza, 33, appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court on Friday facing robbery charges.

Magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti remanded them  in custody to today for bail hearing.

The courts heard how the trio placed large boulders on the road and attacked a Harare motorist — Tonderai Muchemwa, 24 — who was driving along Chitungwiza road in the company of his wife.

The incident occurred on October 26 around 9 pm.

When Muchemwa was approaching SPCA complex he noticed two big stones placed in the middle of the road and stopped to reverse his car.

He was swiftly struck by a stone thrown from the darkness as he opened the window of his Subaru Legacy to view the rear.

The trio allegedly sprang from the darkness and pounced on the hapless couple — pointing a knife at Muchemwa while one of the accused trained a gun at his wife — forcing her to disembark from the vehicle.

Majuta and his accomplices took control of the vehicle and they bundled the couple into the back of the car before driving into a nearby bush whey they robbed them of their possessions before tying them.

They made off with their clothes and other valuables — including the car which was found abandoned in Kambuzuma on November 2 having been stripped of  its radio, speakers and battery.

Muchemwa managed to untie himself and made a police report at Braeside Police Station.

As fate would have it, the court was told how Muchemwa spotted Majuta wearing his stolen white cap on November 16 and confronted him.

Majuta claimed he had bought it from Muzavazi and led Muchemwa to him — leading to the duo’s arrest.

They then implicated Chikudza.

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