‘Cop robs, dumps two women in bush’

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A PLUMTREE-based po­lice of­fi­cer ap­peared in court for al­legedly rob­bing his two pas­sen­gers of $150 and gro­ceries be­fore dump­ing them in a bush along the Bu­l­awayo-Gwanda road.

Har­man Mutero (39) of Ha­bane Ex­ten­sion in Esigo­dini and sta­tioned at Sun Yet Sen Po­lice Sta­tion al­legedly robbed Ms Hlengiwe Ng­wenya (55) and her daugh­ter-in-law, Ms Buhle Mahlangu whose age was not given, after of­fer­ing them a lift to Sipezini.

Mutero ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya fac­ing a rob­bery charge.

Mr Tashaya re­manded him out of cus­tody to De­cem­ber 8 on $50 bail pend­ing trial.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Nkat­hazo Dlodlo said on Novem­ber 1 this year shortly after 5PM, Mutero spot­ted Ms Ng­wenya and her daugh­ter-in-law at a hik­ing spot near Mac’s Garage in Bu­l­awayo. The two women were wait­ing for trans­port to Sipezini.

Mutero of­fered them a lift in his car, a Honda Fit, which was des­tined for Gwanda.

The court heard that along the way, on ap­proach­ing Umguza Bridge, Mutero re­ceived a phone call. He then di­verted from his route and took a dusty road say­ing he wanted to see a client.

After driv­ing for a few kilo­me­tres, Mutero stopped the car and forcibly pushed the two pas­sen­gers out of his car.

“Ac­cused took the com­plainants’ hand­bags con­tain­ing $150 and read­ing glasses and gro­ceries and sped off leav­ing them stranded,” said Mr Dlodlo.

The two com­plainants re­ported the mat­ter to po­lice lead­ing to the cop’s ar­rest.

In his warned and cau­tioned state­ment, Mutero de­nied the charges, say­ing on that par­tic­u­lar day, he did not carry anyone in his car.

He also stated that he did not know the com­plainants.— @mash­nets.

A life-like stuffed lion maul­ing an an­te­lope graces a sec­tion of the new-look Vic­to­ria Falls In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Such art­work is be­lieved to make peo­ple more thought­ful. — (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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