Taxi driver jailed 36 months for rob­bery

The Manica Post - - Local News - Tendai Guku­tikwa Court Cor­re­spon­dent

A MUTARE taxi driver was this week sen­tenced to 36 months im­pris­on­ment for at­tack­ing a pas­sen­ger and rob­bing him of cell­phone worth $90.

Bless­ing Neno­hwe (28) was con­victed of rob­bery when he ap­peared be­fore Mutare pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate, Mr Tendai Mabwe, while Mr Fletcher Karombe pros­e­cuted.

After sen­tenc­ing him, Neno­hwe begged the court to re­view the sen­tence claim­ing that he was a tu­ber­cu­lo­sis pa­tient and was not sure if he would make it out of prison alive.

This prompted Mr Mabwe to ad­vise him to seek a re­view or make an ap­peal to The High Court, stat­ing that the mag­is­trates’ court’s de­ci­sion is only re­versed by the High Court.

“You should have said all that in mit­i­ga­tion be­fore the court had sen­tenced you, but you did not. Sadly, once this court de­liv­ered its ver­dict, it can­not re­verse it. All you can do is to ap­peal to the High Court for a re­view,” he said.

Neno­hwe, how­ever, will serve an ef­fec­tive 24 months in prison after six months were wholly sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

A fur­ther six months were also sus­pended on con­di­tion that he resti­tutes the com- plainant $90. In sen­tenc­ing him, Mr Mabwe, said rob­bery cases were preva­lent, there­fore be­com­ing a cause for con­cern.

He said a de­ter­rent cus­to­dial sen­tence was called for to send a clear warn­ing to would be of­fend­ers and also re­ha­bil­i­tates con­victs like Neno­hwe.

Mr Karombe said An­drew Chairuka boarded Neno­hwe’s taxi from Pen­ha­longa to Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal.

Chairuka, how­ever, told Neno­hwe that he would pay us­ing an Eco-Cash trans­fer.

When they got to Chairuka’s des­ti­na­tion, his phone switched off. Neno­hwe drove him past his des­ti­na­tion as a form of pun­ish­ment.

He dropped him off at Sakubva Beit Hall where he with­drew a knife and in­structed Chairuka to sur­ren­der his phone, a Nokia Lu­mia and his pair of shoes.

After rob­bing the com­plainant, Neno­hwe drove off, leav­ing him in Sakubva.

The value stolen is $90 and nothing was re­cov­ered.

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