Pres­i­den­tial guard jailed for car­jack­ing, rob­bery

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/worldwide - Than­deka Moyo Court Re­porter

A MEM­BER of the Pres­i­den­tial guard was yes­ter­day jailed for six years for con­niv­ing with a friend to rob a Bu­l­awayo mo­torist of his ve­hi­cle and valu­ables.

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

Re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Mark Dzira yes­ter­day said Sigudu’s duty was to de­fend and pro­tect mem­bers of the pub­lic from un­ruly el­e­ments in so­ci­ety.

“Your sen­tence must send a clear mes­sage that crime doesn’t pay. The court con­sid­ered that you are first of­fend­ers who are fam­ily men,” said Mr Dzira.

“How­ever, rob­bery re­mains a very se­ri­ous crime and the courts must en­sure pub­lic safety by send­ing away crim­i­nals like you. You are there­fore sen­tenced to six years each in pri­son of which two years are sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.”

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.

They 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 stole two phones 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,” he said — @thamamoe.

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