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4 up for armed robbery

By Kelly Tafi

Four city men were yesterday hauled to court facing armed robbery and attempted murder charges.

robbersAlfred Mangwiro, 40, Wonder Mahuni, 41, Tendai Jongwe Dzoma, 46 and Peter Mushipe, 40 appeared before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko accused of six count of armed robbery and attempted murder.

They were denied bail and the matter was remanded to June 4.

Allegations on the first count are that on August 8 last year in Borrowdale around 6pm, the complainant was in her kitchen when the accused people together with their accomplice Edmore Ronald Chigwada, Christopher Danda, Terrance Nyakudyara and Joseph Hazvinei who are already on remand forced their entry into the house.

They manhandled the complainant and threatened to kill her if she raised alarm.

They demanded cash from the complainant and out of fear she surrendered RTGS$8, R200, US$300 and Samsung S9.

They took the accused to her bedroom and ordered her to cover her head with a blanket so that they can search for other valuables.

They took two television sets, suitcases and bed sheets and they escaped.

Count two allegations are that on October 2 last year in Vainona around 6pm the complainant was in the kitchen doing her dishes when the accused people and their accomplices who are already on remand climbed over the wall and went straight into the kitchen.

They manhandled the accused and took two HP laptops, RTGS$85, IPad, IPhone 6 and jewellery valued RTGS$5 919.

On count three allegations are that on March 14 in Hatfield around 8pm the complainant arrived at his residence driving his Toyota Prado and stopped at his gate.

When he was about to open the gate the accused people fired a shot and it hit him on his right hand middle finger and he fell down.

They manhandled the complainant and went on to knock at his door claiming to be police officers and ordered his wife to open the door.

While inside the house they demanded safe keys and forced the complainant’s wife to go and get the safe keys in the car.

When they got the safe keys they opened the safe and stole US$10 000, RTGS$3 500, R15 000, 9mm Star Pistol with a magazine of 8 rounds live ammunition, IPhone cell phone, Samsung S3 and Samsung S5.

The accused people ordered the complainant and his wife to lie on the floor and tie their hands and legs.

They took the complainant’s car which they later dumped in Chitungwiza.

Count four and five allegations are that on March 26 in Tynwald South around 7pm, the complainant arrived at his house and he was confronted by the accused people and their accomplices who are on remand.

The complainant fired in the air to scare the accused but they responded by shooting the complainant on the right hand.

They manhandled the complainant, disarmed him and forced him to get into the house.

Whilst in the house they fired three shots before they shot the house maid on her left thigh.

They held hostage of everyone in the house and threatened to kill anyone who resisted.

They took US$40 000, R13 000, 2 000 bond coins, Samsung Galaxy J6Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, IPhone 6, two gate remote controls and two car keys.

They failed to drive complainant’s car and on exiting the compound they fired three shots in the air to scare the mob which was gathered around the scene and they escaped.

Allegations on count 6 are that on April 9 this year at Eastlea around 7am the accused people and their accomplices who are on remand armed with knives entered the house through the complainant’s kitchen door.

While in the house they grabbed the house maid and threatened to stab her.

They tied her hands and took various jewellery, 32 inch television set, a suitcase with clothes.

Around 2pm the complainant came back home from work and upon entry into the house she was pointed with a knife and threatened to kill her if she resisted their demands.

She surrendered the hand bag and they took US$300, RTGS$1 000, 38 Special revolver and car keys.

They took the complainant’s car and drove away.

On count 7 allegations, on March 3 in Waterfalls around 8pm the accused people together with their accomplices who are on remand armed with knives entered the complainant’s yard and fired a shot in the air to instill fear.

They went on to manhandle the complainant and physically assaulted him demanding cash.

They forced him into the house and they took RTGS$1 500, US$4 500, PI pistol and IPhone 8 before they escaped. H-Metro