18 years jail for pel­let gun rob­ber

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Thu­peyo Mu­leya

A MAN from Beit­bridge, who with two oth­ers, robbed taxi driv­ers us­ing a pel­let gun, has been sen­tenced to 18 years in prison.

Lee Roy Mu­leya (23) teamed up with Pathut­shedzo Emma Ngu­lu­vhe (25) and Fanuel Bako to un­leash a reign of ter­ror on taxi driv­ers. Bako is on the run. Mu­leya pleaded guilty to three charges of armed rob­bery when he ap­peared be­fore Western Divi­sion re­gional mag­is­trate, Mr Tra­nos Utawashe dur­ing a cir­cuit court on Satur­day.

Ngu­lu­vhe pleaded not guilty and the mag­is­trate re­manded him in cus­tody to Au­gust 5.

Mr Utawashe sen­tenced Mu­leya to 18 years and con­di­tion­ally sus­pended four years for five years, leav­ing Mu­leya with an ef­fec­tive 14 year jail sen­tence.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Pen­son Chekeya told the court that on June 23 this year the trio was armed with a Ma­coy pel­let pis­tol.

He said they hired one Nai­son Mubaiwa, a taxi driver, and di­rected him to a lodge along the Beit­bridge-Bu­l­awayo road.

Mr Chekeya said along the way, the three pulled out the gun and robbed Mubaiwa of $18.

Af­ter the crime, said the pros­e­cu­tor, they hired Shin­gi­rayi Magorimbo and re­quested for his phone num­ber on the un­der­stand­ing that he would pick them later from a lo­cal ho­tel.

The court heard that later that day, the trio called Magorimbo us­ing one of their cell­phones.

Mr Chekeya said the com­plainant went to pick the trio with his wife.

“They told him to leave his wife at the ho­tel and robbed him of his car, $20, R120 and two mo­bile phones at gun point as soon as they left the ho­tel,” said Mr Chekeya.

He said the trio drove the car to Lu­tumba busi­ness cen­tre where they dumped it.

Mr Chekeya said the trio used the same modus operandi on July 6 when they pounced on Shep­herd Zira and stole R35 be­fore driv­ing away in his Toy­ota Raum.

They later dumped the car along Beit­bridge-Masvingo road.

The court heard de­tec­tives tracked down Mu­leya and Ngu­lu­vhe through the phone they had used to call Magorimbo.

Po­lice re­cov­ered the Ma­coy pis­tol from Mu­leya at his house in Dulivhadz­imu Sub­urb.

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