Pres­i­den­tial guard guilty of car­jack­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo

A MEM­BER of the Pres­i­den­tial guard based in Harare teamed up with a friend to rob a Bu­l­awayo mo­torist of his ve­hi­cle and valu­ables.

Zvikom­borero Sigudu (25) and Knowl­edge Ganda (21) stole Mr Tichaona Matekenya’s $80 and two cell­phones be­fore speed­ing off in his ve­hi­cle.

Re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Mark Dzira yes­ter­day con­victed the duo of car­jack­ing say­ing the State had proved its case be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

He re­manded them in cus­tody to to­day for sen­tenc­ing.

“After con­sid­er­ing the ev­i­dence that has been brought for­ward, it is clear that the two com­mit­ted the of­fence. There­fore the court finds them guilty as charged,” said Mr Dzira.

On May 5, Sigudu and Ganda hired Mr Matekenya to drive them to Don­ning­ton.

They grabbed him along the way and bun­dled him into the back seat of his ve­hi­cle, cov­ered him with a jacket and threat­ened to stab him.

Pros­e­cut­ing Mr Ti­nashe Dzipe, said: “At around 9PM, Sigudu and Ganda ap­proached Mr Matekenya and asked to hire him to take them to the Old CSC Com­plex in Don­ning­ton for $4.

“He drove along Josiah Chi­na­mano Street un­der the in­struc­tion of the two ac­cused per­sons. Along the way, one of them asked Mr Matekenya to stop so that he could re­lieve him­self,” said Mr Dzipe.

“After re­liev­ing him­self, he grabbed Mr Matekenya by his neck and they ganged up on him, shoved him into the back seat as they demanded cash and valu­ables”.

He said the two searched the car and took a phone and $80.

“One of the men drove while the other cov­ered Mr Matekenya with a jacket threat­en­ing to stab him if he made any noise. They dumped him in Em­gan­wini sub­urb and drove off be­fore aban­don­ing the car in Nku­lumane.”

Mr Dzipe said po­lice re­cov­ered the stolen phone from one Non­to­beko Ndlovu who had bought it from Sigudu.

“On June 8, Sigudu was ar­rested at his work­place in Harare and he im­pli­cated Ganda,” said Mr Dzipe.

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