12 years jail for Cow­dray Park gun point rob­ber

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Reporter

A MAN from Cow­dray Park sub­urb in Bulawayo has been sen­tenced to 12 years in jail for rob­bing two men of about $700 at gun point.

Skhum­buzo Ng­wenya (34) and his un­named ac­com­plice who is still at large threat­ened Tichafa Nyamombe and Eli­son Gonye with firearms and de­manded cash from them.

His wife’s tes­ti­mony nailed him as blew his alibi, say­ing he was not at home at the time the crime was com­mit­ted.

The duo took $711 and drove off in a green Volkswagen Golf.

Bulawayo Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mr Trynos Utawashe yes­ter­day con­victed Ng­wenya de­spite his plea of not guilty and sen­tenced him to 12 years in jail.

“Two years will be sus­pended from your sen­tence for good be­hav­iour. You will serve an ef­fec­tive 10 year jail term.

“Armed rob­bery is on the rise and this court will never tire to re­move per­pe­tra­tors from so­ci­ety. The guns you used have not yet been re­cov­ered and your al­leged ac­com­plice is still at large. This can only mean peo­ple are still in danger. An im­pris­on­ment sen­tence would send a strong mes­sage to those who wish to com­mit sim­i­lar of­fences,” said Mr Utawashe.

In defence, Ng­wenya told the court that he spent all his time drink­ing with his friends at Cow­dray Park ter­mi­nus and at the time the of­fence was com­mit­ted he was at home with his wife.

His wife, how­ever, de­nied that her hus­band was at home at the stated time. She said her hus­band got home at 8PM. Nyamombe tes­ti­fied that 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.— @tan­nytkay.

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