Armed cop im­per­son­ator jailed 15 years

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wynne Zanamwe Chronicle Reporter

A CON­VICT who im­per­son­ated a cop to rob a woman of an am­pli­fier and in­verter has been sen­tenced to 15 years in jail, two days be­fore fin­ish­ing an­other sen­tence.

Robert Mwembe of Makiya Vil­lage un­der Chief Chizungu in Mberengwa held Ms Ju­nior Ha­man­dishe and her chil­dren hostage for more than 30 min­utes as he de­manded cash.

He pleaded not guilty to armed rob­bery when he ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Mr Mor­gan Ne­madire.

The mag­is­trate con­victed him on over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence.

He sus­pended two years from the 15 on con­di­tion Mwembe does not com­mit a sim­i­lar crime in the next five years.

The court heard that the con­vic­tion came two days be­fore Mwembe had fin­ished his prison term for four counts of un­law­ful en­try, pos­sess­ing dagga, im­per­son­ation and theft. It was not re­vealed in court how long Mwembe spent be­hind bars for the of­fences.

In the lat­est crime, the pros­e­cu­tor, Mr An­drew Ma­rimo told the court Mwembe armed him­self with a pel­let gun and raided the grounds of a home­stead where Ms Ha­man­dishe was with her kids.

“On Oc­to­ber 19, 2015 Mwembe at­tacked the com­plainant at her home­stead at around 11PM.

“Mwembe knocked on her bed­room door im­per­son­at­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer on pa­trol. He said he was look­ing for her hus­band whom he claimed was wanted by the po­lice for a mur­der charge,” said Mr Ma­rimo.

Ms Ha­man­dishe, the pros­e­cu­tor said, told Mwembe her hus­band was not at home.

“Ac­cused went to an open win­dow and pointed a gun in­side the hut and in­structed the com­plainant to open the door but she re­fused,” said Mr Ma­rimo.

“The ac­cused per­son forced the door open and de­manded cash and a cell­phone at gun point. He force-marched com­plainant and her kids out­side at gun­point and in­structed her to sit down at the edge of the yard en­quir­ing on the where­abouts of the com­plainant’s hus­band.

“He then force-marched the com­plainant back into the house and robbed her of an am­pli­fier and an in­verter.”

Ms Ha­man­dishe re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice the fol­low­ing morn­ing lead­ing to Mwembe’s ar­rest. — @wyn­nezane

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