No­to­ri­ous armed rob­bers caged 84 years

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TWO no­to­ri­ous rob­bers who com­mit­ted a spate of rob­beries at gun­point in Kwekwe, have been sen­tenced to 84 years in pri­son.

The duo com­mit­ted 22 rob­beries be­tween April and July last year.

Po­lice re­cov­ered guns and a ve­hi­cle which the two ac­cused were us­ing and these have since been for­feited to the State.

Ge­orge Magam­butsu (36) of Mkoba sub­urb, Gweru and Irvine Mlin­gani (29) of Gokwe were jointly charged with Tichaona Marengwa and Learn­more Mu­zondiwa, both of Kwekwe. The quar­tet pleaded not guilty. At the the close of the State’s case Gweru Re­gional Mag­is­trate, Mr Mor­gan Ne­madire ruled that there was no ev­i­dence link­ing Marengwa and Mu­zondiwa to the crimes and there­fore ac­quit­ted them.

He, how­ever, con­victed Magam­butsu of all the 22 counts and sen­tenced him to 60 years in pri­son.

He sus­pended 12 years on con­di­tion that Magam­butsu resti­tutes $6 300 to some of his vic­tims.

A fur­ther 10 years of his sen­tence were sus­pended on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

“His Mark II ve­hi­cle, a 303 ri­fle and a pis­tol which were used in the com­mis­sion­ing of the crimes are for­feited to the state. The 12 years will be added to 38 years if the ac­cused fails to pay resti­tu­tion,” said Mr Ne­madire.

Mlin­gani, Mr Ne­madire said, was guilty of only 16 counts of armed rob­bery.

The mag­is­trate sen­tenced him to 24 years in pri­son and sus­pended three years on con­di­tion he resti­tutes his vic­tims $862.

He said when Magam­butsu com­mit­ted some of the crimes, Mlin­gani was in cus­tody in Kadoma for un­law­ful en­try and theft.

A fur­ther five years of Mlin­gani’s sen­tence were sus­pended on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

“The three years will be added to his ef­fec­tive pri­son sen­tence if the ac­cused fails to resti­tute the vic­tims,” he said.

Mr Ne­madire said the duo ex­hib­ited “cave­man” be­hav­iour which could not be tol­er­ated in mod­ern civil­i­sa­tion.

Prose­cu­tor, Mr An­drew Ma­rimo said be­tween April and July last year Magam­butsu and Mlin­gani us­ing a Toy­ota Marck 2 as their get­away ve­hi­cle, a 303 ri­fle and a pis­tol, robbed peo­ple in and around Kwekwe city of cash and other valu­ables.

The duo Mr Ma­rimo said, robbed peo­ple of valu­ables such as cell­phones, gold and cash at gun­point be­fore their ar­rest on July 23.

“On July 23, the po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion which led to the ar­rest of the ac­cused per­sons. On July 24, Magam­butsu led the po­lice to the re­cov­ery of the 303 ri­fle, the pis­tol, a shot gun and vol­un­tar­ily led the po­lice to the scenes of crime,” said Mr Ma­rimo.

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