Three armed ‘cops’ rob­bers sen­tenced

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube Court Re­porter

THREE armed ex-con­victs who wore po­lice re­galia to rob Lu­veve Hous­ing Of­fice in Bulawayo where they got away with a ZTE cell­phone and a mu­nic­i­pal­ity po­lice cap have each been sen­tenced to 24 months in prison.

Bernard Phiri (47) of New Loben­gula sub­urb, Mduduzi Mahlangu (31) of Nketa 7 sub­urb and Mor­ris Mwayipopo (33) of Cow­dray Park sub­urb sav­agely at­tacked two se­cu­rity guards Mr Cau­tion Ncube (31) and Mr Eli­jah Khu­malo (61) who were on duty on the 4th of this month at around 2AM.

Phiri, Mahlangu and Mwayipopo were armed with knives and a wheel span­ner which they cov­ered up and pre­tended it was a gun. They threat­ened to kill Mr Ncube with the “gun.” A court heard that the trio tied up Ncube’s hands and legs with shoe laces and gagged him with a tele­vi­sion ca­ble, be­fore de­mand­ing cash.

The three ac­cused were con­victed on their own pleas by Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya.

He sen­tenced each of the trio to 24 months in prison but sus­pended six months for five years on con­di­tion that they do not within the pe­riod com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence.

Phiri served eight years in prison for an­other rob­bery while Mahlangu served four years for theft. Mwayipopo served eight years for rape. Mr Tashaya said the fact that the three ac­cused went on to com­mit rob­bery af­ter their re­lease from prisons con­firmed that they had learnt noth­ing from jail.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Nkat­hazo Dlodlo said the trio en­tered the hous­ing of­fice premises through cut­ting a hole on the perime­ter fence on the western side and went to the se­cu­rity of­fice. — @cyn­thi­amthembo1.

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