Ex-sol­dier steals $20 cellphone

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Big Read/national News - Sukoluhle Ndlovu Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

A FOR­MER Zim­babwe Na­tional Army sol­dier way­laid a man who was walk­ing past Delta Bev­er­ages premises in Gokwe Cen­tre late at night, pinned him down com­mando style and stole a cellphone worth $20 and $2 cash.

Moses Ran­ganai Mhoya pinned an un­sus­pect­ing Be­nias Kofi to the ground around 10pm and firmly pressed an iron bar against his neck, un­til he al­most suf­fo­cated and let go of the phone and $2.

A Gokwe mag­is­trate heard how Mhoya tac­ti­cally drew a knife and threat­ened to stab Kofi if he did not com­ply.

Kofi later iden­ti­fied Mhoya when he came across him at Map­fun­gautsi, re­sult­ing in his ar­rest. But Mhoya es­caped from po­lice cus­tody but was re­ar­rested at Map­fun­gautsi again.

Gokwe mag­is­trate, Ms Sitha­bile Zun­gula last week sen­tenced Mhoya to three years in prison; two years for steal­ing a cellphone and one year for es­cap­ing from po­lice cus­tody. One month was sus­pended on con­di­tion that he resti­tutes the com­plainant.

Agreed facts are that on 28 July at around 10pm, Mhoya ap­proached the com­plainant who was walk­ing past Delta Bev­er­ages premises in Gokwe and pinned him down by plac­ing an iron bar on his neck. Mhoya drew out a knife from his pocket and threat­ened to stab the com­plainant if he did not give him the money. He then robbed him of a Nokia 1280 and a wal­let which had $2.

When he was ini­tially ar­rested, Mhoya, while on the way to po­lice sta­tion, asked to re­lieve him­self in the nearby push and per­mis­sion was granted. He took ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity and fled from two po­lice of­fi­cers who had ar­rested him. Mr Progress Chaisva pros­e­cuted.

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