Cops con­victed in $56 000 heist

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Fun­gai Lu­pande Court Re­porter

AN in­tri­cate web of calls be­tween two po­lice of­fi­cers and four civil­ians be­fore and af­ter they robbed an In­dian busi­ness­man of $56 000 at a fake road­block led to their con­vic­tion yes­ter­day. Dick­son Morosi (32), Kundai Mak­warimba (35), For­tune Sibanda (29), Bekezela Ma­suku (44) Chris Kadun­gure alias But­ter Makiyi (46) and Kelvin Makiyi (28) were con­victed of rob­bery by Harare re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Eli­jah Makomo. The pros­e­cu­tor Ms Rudo Chasi told the court that some of the ac­cused have pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

AN in­tri­cate web of calls be­tween two po­lice of­fi­cers and four civil­ians be­fore and af­ter they robbed an In­dian busi­ness­man of $56 000 at a fake road­block led to their con­vic­tion yes­ter­day.

Dick­son Morosi (32), Kundai Mak­warimba (35) and For­tune Sibanda (29), Bekezela Ma­suku (44), Chris Kadun­gure alias But­ter Makiyi (46), Kelvin Makiyi (28) were con­victed of rob­bery by Harare re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Eli­jah Makomo.

The pros­e­cu­tor Ms Rudo Chasi told the court that some of the ac­cused have pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions. The mat­ter was ad­journed to Mon­day. In his judg­ment Harare re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Eli­jah Makomo said the six pre­tended to the court that they all met for the first at re­mand prison yet a slew of calls placed them at the crime scene.

“The ac­cused al­leged that the po­lice as­saulted them lead­ing them into sub­mit­ting to things they did not do,” said Mr Makomo.

“How­ever, the ac­cused failed to sus­tain the al­le­ga­tions of un­due in­flu­ence. Call his­to­ries of all the ac­cused show an in­tri­cate web of calls around the time of the of­fence.

“A slew of calls from Kadun­gure to Morosi, Mak­warimba, Sibanda, and Makiyi points to him and one Charles Saraf who is on the run as the mas­ter­minds of the crime.

“The court has no doubt of the in­vin­ci­ble case against the ac­cused. They are guilty as charged.”

Mak­warimba and Sibanda are sta­tioned at Harare Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion and Mor­ris De­pot, re­spec­tively.

The gang got wind that Ju­naid Per­vaiz was trans­port­ing money from his shop to his house in Belvedere and hatched a plan to rob him.

They drove in a sil­ver Toy­ota Spa­cio and a Honda Fit both with­out reg­is­tra­tion num­ber plates and way­laid him along Hud­son Road, Belvedere.

They mounted a fake po­lice road­block with two of them wear­ing po­lice uni­forms and traf­fic re­flec­tive sleeves.

As the com­plainant ap­proached the “road­block” while driv­ing his Toy­ota Runx, he was flagged down by the gang and he com­plied.

They forcibly pulled out his car keys from the ig­ni­tion and searched his ve­hi­cle. They found a black satchel which was at the back seat and de­manded to know its con­tents.

One of the ac­cused per­sons then opened the satchel and found cash amount­ing to $56 800.

They sud­denly grabbed the bag and jumped into their gate away cars and drove off.

Morosi helped po­lice re­cover a Mazda Fa­mil­iar and $500 cash, while an Al­tezza that Mak­warimba bought was im­pounded.

Sibanda as­sisted po­lice re­cover a Mercedes Benz.

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