HO­TEL GUN­MAN TRIAL BE­GINS

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa In­no­cent Ruwende

AN INSIZA man who re­cently al­legedly robbed two os­iphathe­leni of more than R30 000 at gun­point at Sel­bourne Ho­tel in Bulawayo has ap­peared in court.

Mpumelelo Moyo (41) and his ac­com­plice Zama Tshuma, who is still at large, shot one of their vic­tims on the knee as he at­tempted to flee.

The duo booked a room at the ho­tel and lured Sim­barashe Nya­mutero and Moses Ngu­lube from Chicken Inn Leopold Takawira to their ho­tel room.

They pre­tended that they wanted to change South African cur­rency.

The court heard they stole R30 000 and $600 from Nya­mutero and shot Ngu­lube.

Moyo pleaded not guilty to an armed rob­bery charge on Mon­day, claim­ing that he did not un­der­stand what was writ­ten in the State pa­pers.

“Your Wor­ship please give me some time so that I can go through the State pa­pers and un­der­stand bet­ter the al­le­ga­tions be­ing lev­elled against me,” he said.

Bulawayo Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mr Mark Dzira re­manded Moyo in cus­tody to to­day.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Ti­nashe Dzipe said on Fe­bru­ary 22, 2016, Moyo and Tshuma fired two bul­lets, one hit­ting Ngu­lube on the knee.

“Ngu­lube at­tempted to run away but he was shot on the knee and the sec­ond bul­let missed him. Nya­mutero forced open a door to the bal­cony and shouted for help from mem­bers of the pub­lic. The ac­cused per­sons fled from the room. Moyo was ap­pre­hended by mem­bers of the pub­lic who as­saulted him,” said Mr Dzipe.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers who were nearby took Moyo to Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion. They searched him and found him with a gun in his pocket. A bul­let head was re­cov­ered at the scene.”

Mean­while, Mr Dzira lashed out at Homi­cide Chief In­spec­tor Mr Masi­yarira Mwezi who was tes­ti­fy­ing us­ing tech­ni­cal jar­gon to de­scribe gun ex­tracts that they re­cov­ered at the scene but was re­luc­tant to ex­plain their mean­ing to the court.

“If you do not want to ex­plain to the State the tech­ni­cal lan­guage that you are us­ing then you had rather get out of this court and go back to your of­fice. How do you ex­pect this court to con­vict the ac­cused when you say things that no one un­der­stands? If you do not want to co­op­er­ate please just get out of this court,” said Mr Dzira.

Mpumelelo Moyo

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