Robbery ring targets women in Harare’s suburbs

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  • Five Harare men accused of perpetrating robberies
  • Accomplices still at large
  • Accused reportedly armed with pistols, hammers, machetes

FIVE men accused of committing a spate of robberies in Harare and Chitungwiza on Monday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts.

Accused, Golden Stancilus Magunje (30), Norest Tawanda Hombarume (23), Brendon Tafadzwa Kupeta (23), Watson Magodhi (37) and Ayanda Gumbo (28), were arraigned before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing five counts of armed robbery.

The accused’s other accomplices are still at large.

There allegedly was a manner to the muggings and break-ins whereby the accused, armed with pistols, hammers and machetes would attack the complainants as they got out of their cars to open or close the gates to their homes.

The complainant in the first count resides in t6he dormitory town of Zengeza, Chitungwiza.

The complainant was allegedly attacked around 11:50pm when she had gotten out of her car to close her gate.

The State claims that the accused struck his victim on the left shoulder with an axe while she was making good her escape, accounting for the deep cut that she sustained.

The accused allegedly also fired a shot at her but missed.

According to the State, the accused then proceeded to the victim’s car and stole ZWL6 700, various ladies’ garments and 20 by 100 grammes of dried kapenta (matemba).

In count two, accused number four and five broke into the complainants’ homes in Granary, Zvimba and Kuwadzana 3, Harare, respectively.

The two allegedly manhandled their victims and made away with money, a television set, DVD recorder, cellphones and a full box of allen keys.

The complainant in count three was allegedly attacked outside her Chitungwiza home, forced to get into her car which the accused later dumped near Nyatsime College after they had first dumped the complainant a short distance away from her home.

The accused reportedly stole the complainant’s satchel which contained ZWL20 000, ZAR12 000, US$900, two Nokia and G-tel cellphones.

The G-Tel cellphone had an Econet line in it.

The accused persons reportedly targeted only women.

Mugwagwa referred the five accused persons to the High Court for bail application.

They were remanded to March 30.

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