22 years for armed rob­ber

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

A MAN from In­siza who robbed two os­iphathe­leni of more than R30 000 at gun­point at Sel­bourne Ho­tel in Bu­l­awayo has been sen­tenced to 22 years in jail.

Mpumelelo Moyo (41) and his ac­com­plice Zama Tshuma, who is still at large, shot one of their vic­tims on the knee be­fore rob­bing him of R30 000 and $600.

Moyo pleaded not guilty to armed rob­bery and at­tempted murder but Bu­l­awayo Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mr Mark Dzira con­victed him of both charges and sen­tenced him to 12 years in jail for armed rob­bery and 10 years for at­tempted murder.

Moyo seemed un­re­pen­tant as Mr Dzira de­liv­ered his judg­ment and threat­ened his vic­tim.

“You claimed that you are the one who was robbed but you could not pro­duce any ev­i­dence. This court could not doubt the com­plainant’s ev­i­dence that you shot him be­cause even when the po­lice searched you they found the gun used at the scene in your un­der­pants. You could not chal­lenge that,” said Mr Dzira. “The fact that you pointed the gun at the com­plainant and pulled the trig­ger shows that you in­tended to kill him. It was for­tu­nate that the gun jammed as you tried to shoot at him the first time. It was dur­ing a fight over the gun that com­plainant was shot on the knee. He could have died on the spot had you aimed at a del­i­cate part of his body.”

In mit­i­ga­tion, Moyo said he did not care what sen­tence was im­posed on him as the judg­ment was against him.

“You can pass any sen­tence that you want. I’m not sat­is­fied with this judg­ment and I want to ap­peal. Just give my sen­tence so that I can go.

“Pass me some pa­pers so that I can ap­peal at the High Court. Whether this court ex­er­cises le­nience or not I don’t care,” said Moyo.

Mr Dzira told Moyo that he was an un­de­sir­able mem­ber of so­ci­ety who had no re­spect for life.

“You can’t even ask po­litely for pa­pers so I won’t give you. Your of­fences were com­mit­ted in ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances. On top of that you show no re­morse over your ac­tions. You’re a so­ci­etal mis­fit. You have no re­spect for life. There’s no room for le­nience for you so no years will be sus­pended from your sen­tence.”

As Moyo was be­ing led away by prison of­fi­cers, he pointed two fingers at Ngu­lube who was in the gallery in a gun pose.

Mr Ti­nashe Dzipe, for the State, said on Fe­bru­ary 22 this year, Moyo and his ac­com­plice Tshuma, who is still on the run, fired two bul­lets and one hit Ngu­lube on the knee.

The duo had booked a room at the ho­tel and lured the os­iphathe­leni Sim­barashe Nya­mutero and Ngu­lube to their ho­tel room.

They pre­tended that they wanted to change South African cur­rency be­fore rob­bing them of R30 000 and $600.

“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. — @tan­nytkay

Mpumelelo Moyo

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