Jour­nal­ist mug­ger gets 15 months

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma Court Re­porter

A MAN from Pu­mula South sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo who at­tacked and robbed a Sun­day News re­porter on his way from work has been sen­tenced to 15 months in jail.

Hand­some Zulu ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu fac­ing rob­bery charges.

He pleaded not guilty but was convicted due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence.

Zulu robbed Du­misani Nsingo of a Sam­sung cell­phone, $30 and a pa­per bag with bread and chips.

Yes­ter­day, he told the court that he had been given the cell phone by a friend Ti­nashe Siz­iba who asked him to sell it.

“I didn’t steal the cell phone, Ti­nashe gave it to me ask­ing me to sell it on his be­half,” said Zulu in his de­fence.

The court heard that Siz­iba was re­cently convicted of mur­der and is serv­ing a jail term.

Prose­cut­ing, Ms Ma­gret Takawira said Zulu at­tacked Nsingo on April 16 at around 10PM.

“The com­plainant dis­em­barked from a taxi near Godl­wayo Pri­mary School. The ac­cused per­son ap­proached from the op­po­site di­rec­tion and hit him with a stone on the head,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

“He fell un­con­scious. The ac­cused took his cell­phone, wal­let that con­tained cash and a na­tional iden­tity card.”

She said Nsingo re­gained con­scious­ness and went to re­port the mat­ter at Pu­mula po­lice sta­tion.

“Po­lice ar­rested one Xolani Dube who was found in pos­ses­sion of the stolen phone on June 19. Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Dube told the po­lice that he had bought the cell­phone from Zulu lead­ing to his ar­rest on Au­gust 11,” said Ms Takawira.

In a state­ment, Nsingo said he re­gained con­scious­ness at around 1AM on the fol­low­ing day af­ter the at­tack and sought as­sis­tance at a house close by.

“The man I found at that house ac­com­pa­nied me to the po­lice sta­tion. I fell un­con­scious again when I got there. I re­gained con­scious­ness at the hospi­tal. The po­lice called me on June 20 ask­ing me to go to the sta­tion to iden­tify my phone,” read the state­ment. — @ andile_t­shuma.

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