Two work­ers rob boss at knife­point

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tanaka Mrewa

TWO work­ers at a whole­sale out­let in Bu­l­awayo al­legedly dragged their el­derly em­ployer into a back­room at knife­point, tied her up with chains be­fore loot­ing $4 800 from the shop.

Shep­herd Mpofu (23) and Makhosi Ndlovu (23), em­ployed by Bhar­tie Giga (60) at Giga’s Whole­sale at cor­ner Leopold Takawira Av­enue and Her­bert Chitepo Street al­legedly fled to South Africa after com­mit­ting the rob­bery at mid­day on Septem­ber 20.

A court heard that they used the money to buy stock in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try, which they used to open a shop in Gokwe.

Po­lice ar­rested the duo fol­low­ing a tip-off on Fri­day last week.

Mpofu and Ndlovu ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Miss Eve­lyn Mashavakure.

They pleaded guilty to rob­bery and the mag­is­trate re­manded them in cus­tody to Oc­to­ber 31.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Tau­rai Hon­doye­moto told the court that Mpofu and Ndlovu were ar­rested at their shop in Gokwe.

Al­le­ga­tions are that on Septem­ber 20, at around 12PM, the pair closed the front door be­fore one of them grabbed Mrs Giga by the neck, threat­en­ing to stab her. They dragged her to the back of­fice and pinned her to the ground.

“They tied her legs and arms us­ing chains and took $4 800 from the cash safe be­fore es­cap­ing through the back door,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

“The pair fled to South Africa where they bought goods and came back to open a shop at Senge­jira Busi­ness Cen­tre un­der Chief Jiri in Gokwe.”

Mpofu ad­mit­ted to open­ing the safe and tak­ing money.

“Ndlovu tied our boss with chains while I opened the safe and took the money. We fled to South Africa where we bought goods that we used to stock a shop in Senge­jira,” he said.

Ndlovu ad­mit­ted to the charges lev­elled against him say­ing they had hatched the plan so that they could open their own shop.

“I tied our man­ager with chains. I threat­ened to stab her with a knife if she screamed. Mpofu took the money from the safe and we fled through the back door,” he said. Said Mr Hon­doye­moto: “De­tec­tives found the ac­cused per­sons at­tend­ing to their cus­tomers. Upon in­ter­view they ex­plained to the po­lice how they had com­mit­ted the of­fence and that all the prop­erty in their shop was bought us­ing pro­ceeds from the loot. They showed the de­tec­tives a sil­ver knife that they used to scare Mrs Giga.”

He said po­lice re­cov­ered R7 050, a dou­ble bed, 100 watts so­lar panel, so­lar bat­tery, am­pli­fier, gen­er­a­tor, com­forter, blan­kets and some gro­ceries worth $2 750.— @ tan­nytkay.

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