MSU student, 4 others jailed for 12-hour kidnap, thief assault
FOUR men including a Midlands State University (MSU) student were each sentenced to 18 months in prison for drugging and assaulting another student at the university for about 12 hours.
Calvin Tafara Munamati (20), Isaac Armando Mwenda, Jeremiah Ronald Jongwe- the MSU student and Edmund Maguvu, all of Ascot Infill in Gweru, were accusing Mr Takudzwa Mpepu (21) of stealing their laptops.
Mr Mpepu was hospitalised for nine days following the brutal attack and missed his end of semester examinations.
The four pleaded not guilty to assault when they appeared before Gweru Magistrate Mr Tendai Madanhire.
They were however all convicted due to overwhelming evidence and each was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.
They will however each serve an effective 12 months in prison after six months for each was suspended on condition of good behaviour.
Mr Madanhire said the accused persons committed a very serious offence as they even went on to drug the complainant with what they described as tea.
“They detained the accused person for close to a day while they took turns to assault him with dangerous weapons. After the assault the complainant stayed in hospital for nine days and ended up missing his examinations,” said the magistrate.
“The accused persons are not showing signs of remorse and have not apologised to the complainant hence a custodial sentence is called for to sent a clear messsage that such behaviour is not tolerated”.
Prosecuting, Mr Ernest Muzembi told the court that the accused persons were friends with Mr Mpepu.
“On October 16 last year at around 9AM, the accused persons discovered that an Apple I pad tablet belonging to Mwenda, a Lenovo think pad belonging to Maguvu and a Bluetooth speaker belonging to Munamati were missing. The accused persons accused the complainant of stealing the property,” said Mr Muzembi.
The court heard Mr Mpepu told his mother, Ms Ella Chaora, about the allegations.
“The following morning at around 10AM, the accused persons detained Mr Mpepu and assaulted him until 11PM,” said Mr Muzembi.
He said the quartet assaulted, slapped and punched Mr Mpepu all over his body and whipped him with a folded gas tube, cooking sticks, folded belts, a hoe stick and electrical cables demanding the stolen property from him.