Pair in court over carjacking

MUTARE - A Harare duo has been remanded in custody after being charged in connection with an alleged carjacking at a supermarket in Mutare on Christmas Day.

Alan Chigudu, 28, and Tinashe Manjengwa, 32, both appeared before Mutare magistrate Poterai Gwezhira yesterday.

All charges are in connection with the alleged theft of a Pajero Mini from Choppies Supermarket car park on Sunday afternoon.

The duo did not enter a plea and were remanded in custody ahead of an appearance before the magistrate’s court on January 12.

The Pajero, valued at $4 000, was recovered a few hours later.

It is the State’s case that the two stole the vehicle after the owner, Norman Mutepfa, had left it unlocked and with keys on the ignition as he entered Choppies Supermarket at around 1330 hours.

Mutepfa was in the company of Farai Chitombo.

The duo allegedly noticed the security lapse and quickly took advantage. Chigudu allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat, with Manjengwa keeping watch as he pulled out of the parking bay.

Manjengwa then allegedly jumped in and they sped off.

Mutepfa returned five minutes later to see an empty parking spot. He quickly made a police report.

Chigudu and Manjengwa came out of hiding at around 1900 hours and attempted to escape the city via Chimanimani road, where they were intercepted by police at a roadblock near Red Cross.

Upon being stopped, Chigudu jumped out and fled into the night, with Manjengwa , who was on the passenger’s seat, being arrested on the spot.

Chigudu was arrested the following day.

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