Trio Jailed 10yrs For Robbing Policeman
30 May 2021

By A Correspondent- Three armed robbers from Gweru have been sentenced to 10 years each after they were convicted of robbing a Redcliff policeman of his vehicle, money and clothes.

The trio is also waiting to be sentenced on Friday for raping two minor girls and robbing a police officer in Kwekwe.

The trio, Pardon Makuni (19), Ashley Moses (21) and Menard Gwatiedza (21) pleaded guilty when it appeared before Gweru Regional Magistrate Mrs Phathekile Msipa facing one count each of armed robbery.

Mrs Msipa sentenced each of the robbers to 10 years in prison before wholly suspending two years of each sentence on the condition of good behaviour.

The state told the court that the three robbers, armed with a small axe and Colombian knives, broke into the cop’s house, tied him up, stole his property and car which they later dumped at a hidden spot.

It was the State’s case that on February 24 around 1 am, Makuni, Moses and Gwatiedza armed with a small axe and Colombian knives broke into the house of a police officer who stays in Kwekwe.

The court heard that they tied the police officer’s hands and that of his wife before demanding money.

Makuni, Moses and Gwatiedza stole cellphones, bank cards, US$300 and $3 000.

They then got away driving the complainant’s car which was later found dumped 12km from Kwekwe along Gweru-Kwekwe highway.

Mr Talent Tadenyika appeared for the State.

Meanwhile, Moses and Gwatiedza appeared before Zvishavane Regional Magistrate Mr Christopher Maturure facing fresh charges of rape and armed robbery.

Moses and Gwatiedza pleaded guilty to the matter.

The matter was remanded to Friday for sentencing after the State requested that HIV tests be conducted on the two complainants (14 and 17) who were raped by the two during one of their robberies in Redcliff town.

Prosecutor Mr Kelvin Guveya told the court that Moses and Gwatiedza and their alleged accomplice who is still at large broke into a house belonging to a police officer in February.

They handcuffed the police officer using his handcuffs before robbing him of cellphones and valuables worth $5000.

The trio armed with a small axe and a Colombian knife broke into another house in Redcliff where they raped two minors aged 14 and 17 before running away.

The matters were reported to the police leading to their arrest.-statemedia