MSU stu­dent, 4 others jailed for 12-hour kid­nap, thief as­sault

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Wynne Zanamwe

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.

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