By A Correspondent- Two armed robbers allegedly pounced at a Beitbridge businesswoman’s home and robbed her of property and cash worth R30 000 as well as a vehicle worth US$2 500.
This was heard by magistrate Maphios Moyo on Tuesday when Petious Ndou (26) and Decent Mbedzi (19), both from the border town, appeared in court charged with armed robbery.
Both denied the charges and were remanded in custody to September 28 for trial.
Prosecutor Munyonga Kuvarega told the court that the complainant in the matter was Shuman Nguluve (30), who runs a tuckshop at her house.
It is the State case that on August 28 at 9pm, the two, together with accomplices still at large, stormed Nguluve’s house while wearing face masks and armed with two pistols and okapi knives.
Kuvarega told the court that the gang then fired three shots directed at the sitting room door and pushed the door open before proceeding to Nguluve’s bedroom where they further fired two shots into the roof, demanding money.
Out of fear, Nguluve gave them R15 000 before they began assaulting her with clinched fists, demanding more.
When she failed, they allegedly demanded the keys of her Honda Fit before stealing other property such as mobile phones, laptops and shoes.
They drove away with their loot in her Honda Fit.
Nguluve reported the matter to the police, who recovered two rounds of live ammunition and 13 by 9mm spent cartridges at the scene.
Police tracked the vehicle’s tyre marks and recovered it dumped about 15km away.
Further investigations led to the arrest of the two.-Newsday