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TWO rob­bers have been jailed for life for killing a di­a­mond dealer at his house in Chi­adzwa, last year.

Mutare High Court judge, Jus­tice Hlekani Mway­era, sen­tenced Mar­cos Mad­hume and Thomas Mike Makoni Nyaku­jara to life in prison after they killed Bless­ing Chik­wan­gura of Kusena Vil­lage un­der Chief Marange.

Mad­hume and Nyaku­jara de­nied the mur­der charges when they ini­tially ap­peared in court claim­ing that they were un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol when they com­mit­ted the of­fence.

But Jus­tice Mway­era, in her judg­ment, said the two de­cided to drink beer be­fore com­mit­ting the crime to get “Dutch courage” hence they were fully in con­trol of their men­tal fac­ul­ties.

She said con­sid­er­ing the man­ner in which the duo com­mit­ted the of­fence and their crim­i­nal record, they did not de­serve a place in the so­ci­ety.

“The ac­cused, in an un­re­lent­ing man­ner ruth­lessly and cru­elly fired an avalanche of bul­lets into the de­ceased even as he tried to make good his es­cape as ev­i­denced by in­juries to his back,” said jus­tice Mway­era when sen­tenc­ing the pair.

“Fur­ther, even after the fa­tal blow, the ac­cused were un­de­terred as they ran­sacked the de­ceased’s house and stole a Sam­sung phone and tablet. Such callous and un­re­lent­ing be­hav­iour ought to be vis­ited with cor­re­spond­ing pun­ish­ment to de­ter not only ac­cused per­sons, but like­minded peo­ple. The grav­ity of the of­fence, the man­ner in which it was per­pe­trated by the duo who showed de­ter­mi­na­tion in achiev­ing the un­law­ful en­ter­prise call for se­vere pun­ish­ment. It shows the ac­cused are a nui­sance to so­ci­ety and this calls for their re­moval from the so­ci­ety, she said.

Jus­tice Mway­era said Mad­hume and Nyaku­jara, who are child­hood friends, showed no re­morse and ex­hib­ited a care­free at­ti­tude dur­ing their trial.

“This is a mat­ter where the death penalty would have been war­ranted as they stand con­victed of mur­der in ag­gra­va­tory cir­cum­stances, that is mur­der dur­ing the course of an armed rob­bery,” said jus­tice Mway­era.

Cir­cum­stances lead­ing to the pair’s ar­rest were that some­time early last year, they hatched a plan to com­mit a spate of rob­beries.

They stole a Star pis­tol from one Mo­hammed in Maron­dera and trav­elled to Marange.

On Fe­bru­ary 2, 2017, Mad­hume and Nyakud­yara went to Chik­wan­gura’s homestead where he was run­ning a she­been and deal­ing in di­a­monds and started drink­ing beer dur­ing the day.

At around mid­night, they ap­proached Chik­wan­gura and started de­mand­ing di­a­monds and cash.

Chik­wan­gura re­sisted and armed him­self with a ma­chete.

Mad­hume and Nyaku­jara then forced their way into Chik­wan­gura’s house and shot him be­fore ran­sack­ing it.

They went away with $3 000 and cell­phones. The two were later ar­rested and taken to court.

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