Bread van ‘rob­ber’ pleads not guilty

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

A MAN from Cow­dray Park sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo has been ar­rested for al­legedly rob­bing two men of about $700 at gun point.

Skhum­buzo Ng­wenya (34) al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fence with an un­named ac­com­plice who is still at large.

Al­le­ga­tions are that Ng­wenya and his ac­com­plice threat­ened Tichafa Nyamombe and Eli­son Gonye with firearms and de­manded cash from them on Oc­to­ber 31. They took $711 and drove off in a green Volk­swa­gen Golf. Ng­wenya pleaded not guilty to armed rob­bery when he ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mr Trynos Utawashe.

He was re­manded in cus­tody to tomorrow con­tin­u­a­tion of trial.

On the day of the rob­bery, Ng­wenya had ear­lier been seen drink­ing beer with his friends at Cow­dray Park ter­mi­nus.

Tes­ti­fy­ing, Nyamombe said Ng­wenya and his ac­com­plice blocked their truck at the in­ter­sec­tion of Gwanda Road and Ce­cil Av­enue.

“I was forced to ap­ply emer­gency brakes. Ng­wenya and his friend came to our truck and asked if we worked at Lo­bels but we told them we were from Neal Bak­ery. All of a sud­den they drew firearms and each of them stood at the doors to the truck. They de­manded cash and Gonye gave them $711 which was in a plas­tic bag that we had col­lected where we were de­liv­er­ing bread,” he said.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Robin Mukura said on Oc­to­ber 31, Ng­wenya and his ac­com­plice pulled up in front of Nyamombe’s ve­hi­cle and threat­ened the two men at gun­point.

“Ac­cused per­son and his ac­com­plice de­manded cash from the com­plainants and they were handed $711 in a plas­tic bag. They rushed back to their car and drove off. Ac­cused was spot­ted by com­plainant drink­ing with his friends and he tipped the po­lice lead­ing to his ar­rest,” said Mr Mukura.—@tan­nytkay. for

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