Pair jailed for hold­ing MSU stu­dents hostage

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi

TWO Zvisha­vane men who held six fe­male Mid­lands States Univer­sity stu­dents hostage at their home and threat­ened to kill them be­fore steal­ing elec­tri­cal gad­gets, have been sen­tenced to a com­bined 107 months im­pris­on­ment.

Den­nis De­scent Shumba (39) and Elias Ma­ho­nye un­der Chief Ma­sunda would cover their tar­gets’ faces with a blan­ket, a court heard yes­ter­day.

They used a ma­chete, cat­a­pult, and Okapi to in­stil fear in the stu­dents.

The duo pleaded guilty to un­law­ful en­try and rob­bery charges when they ap­peared be­fore Zvisha­vane Mag­is­trate Shep­herd Madiba.

Mr Madiba sen­tenced Shumba to 56 months in prison and jailed Ma­ho­nye for 51 months.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Tal­ent Tadenyika said: “The ac­cused en­tered Michelle Ndlovu’s house through an un­locked door and threat­ened her us­ing a knife and cat­a­pult. They forcibly took $40, black lap­top bag, black HP lap­top, Al­ca­tel phone, black leather hat and a file con­tain­ing cer­tifi­cates,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

“At the same house they also threat­ened Tanaka Ma­posa, also a stu­dent, and cov­ered her face with a blan­ket. They forcibly took $10, Sony Ex­pe­ria, Dunns tablet, black lap­top bag and bank cards.”

The rob­bers, said Mr Tadenyika, went on to the next room and or­dered Joyce Nyamwenda to lie down and they searched her wal­let and took $3, her black HP lap­top, Nokia C3 cell­phone which was on her bed.

Us­ing the same method of threat­en­ing the com­plainants, the two ac­cused per­sons went on to rob an­other three stu­dents of their cell­phones, cash and lap­tops. Value stolen was $7 000 and $1 500 was re­cov­ered. Be­fore at­tack­ing the stu­dents, the duo on Au­gust 11 this year broke into shop num­ber 7 Kan­dodo which the com­plainant, Brian Ncube, uses as his bed­room.

“The two ac­cused used vi­o­lent threats and took prop­erty from Brian Ncube. They threat­ened him with a ma­chete, Okapi and a cat­a­pult. They or­dered him to re­main silent and cov­ered his face with a blan­ket,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

“They forcibly took $20, a black por­ta­ble bag, two HP lap­tops, one LG lap­top, Sam­sung S3 and prop­erty val­ued at $957. The to­tal value re­cov­ered is $610.” — @patiemt­siwi

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