Mu­fusire truck rob­bers jailed

The Manica Post - - Local News - Love­more Kadzura Rusape Cor­re­spon­dent

FOUR Mutare- Harare High­way rob­bers in­clud­ing a woman who were in the habit of rob­bing var­i­ous goods from slow mov­ing trucks at Mu­fusire near Head­lands were each jailed seven years.

The gang was re­cently con­victed of steal­ing goods worth $20 000, of which goods worth $16 000 were re­cov­ered.

Their ac­com­plice, Gift Chi­monbe, was con­victed ear­lier af­ter he pleaded guilty and was also sen­tenced to seven years.

Gift Chi­mombe of no fixed abode, An­drew Chimuti (26) of no fixed abode, Vim­bai Ta­tenda Tenda (23) of no fixed abode and Zi­vanai Tenda (27) of Plot 3, Mu­fusire, Head­lands were rep­re­sented by Mr Maxwell Chi­wanza of Chi­wanza and As­so­ciates and pleaded not guilty.

They were con­victed by Rusape pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate, Mr Shane Kubon­era due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence against them.

State pros­e­cu­tor, Mr Ta­fara Chawatama, told the court that the quar­tet on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions stole goods worth $330 from Ash­back Trans­port truck and $20 000 from Over Night Ex­press Com­pany by way of board­ing the truck on the back while they were in mo­tion. They broke locks and stole valu­ables.

“On Oc­to­ber 6, 2016 at around 9pm, Kumbi­rai Fenyere was driv­ing a Freight­liner truck, Reg­is­tra­tion Num­ber ABZ- 6951 from Harare to Mutare tow­ing a trailer loaded with Com­pound D fertliser. The load was se­cured with a tent.

“Upon ap­proach­ing Mu­fusire Up­hill, Head­lands, ac­cused per­sons who were on am­bush boarded the truck while in mo­tion and cut open the tent with an un­known ob­ject. They stole 11x50kgs of Grow Com­pound D fertliser and went away un­no­ticed. They took the bags the bags of fer­tiliser and hide them in a gum tree plan­ta­tion. Ac­cused per­sons cov­ered the fertliser with grasses at Plot 3, Mu­fusire where Zi­vanai Tenda re­sides,” said Mr Chawatama.

Fenyere dis­cov­ered the of­fence upon ar­rival at Rusape Toll­gate and filed a re­port at Head­lands Police Sta­tion the fol­low­ing day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions made by police led to the ar­rest of Zi­vanai on Oc­to­ber 11, 2016.

He ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the of­fence and im­pli­cated the other ac­cused per­sons.

“The value of stolen goods is $330 and the re­cov­ered is $180,” said Mr Chawatama.

On the sec­ond count, Mr Chawatama told the court that the four used the same modus op­er­and to steal from Over Night Ex­press truck.

“On Au­gust 7, 2016 at 2am, Palmer Charama was driv­ing a truck loaded with a con­tainer from Harare to Mutare. The con­tainer was loaded with var­i­ous goods.

“Upon ar­rival at Mu­fusire Up­hill, the four ac­cused per­sons who were on am­bush boarded the truck while in mo­tion and broke the locks on the con­tainer. Af­ter break­ing the locks, they stole prop­erty in­clud­ing air­time cards worth $10 000, ma­chines, cell­phones, bank cards and other items.

“They shared some of the prop­erty which in­cludes cell­phones and Net- One recharge cards among them­selves. They hid the re­main­der at Zi­vanai Tenda’s house,” he said.

On Oc­to­ber 8, 2016, police of­fi­cers re­ceived in­for­ma­tion to the ef­fect that the four ac­cused per­sons had com­mit­ted the of­fence. Act­ing on the tip off, police ar­rested Chimuti in Maron­dera. Upon be­ing searched he was found with Net- One air­time cards se­rial num­bers tal­lied with those stolen from the com­plainant’s ve­hi­cle.

On the same day, Chi­mombe and Vim­bai Tenda were ar­rested. On Oc­to­ber 9, Zi­vanai Tenda was ar­rested. When he was in­ter­viewed he led to the re­cov­ery of sev­eral goods they had stolen.

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