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Ex-soldier convicted of armed robbery and carjackings

by Court Reporter
12 Aug 2015 at 08:44hrs | Views
An ex-soldier who committed a spat of armed robberies and carjackings at gunpoint has been convicted and will be sentenced next Thursday.

Unity Mutsure (26) of 1658 Zengeza 5, Chitungwiza, pleaded not guilty but was convicted due to overwhelming evidence against him.

Harare regional magistrate Mr Hosea Mujaya will sentence him on August 20.

Prosecutor Mr Ephraim Zinyandu proved that on December 12 last year, Mutsure was in the company of his accomplices Tinashe Muguti, Tinashe Matinyenya, Eden Chikahamadze and Forge Nyono, who are still on the run.

Others, Musa Chidawo and Herbert Hakurotwi were shot dead while resisting arrest.

The court heard that the gang was driving a white Mazda B-series truck and they blocked Silence Mwanjila's car, a silver Toyota Raum.

Mwanjila was on her way to drop an employee, Olivia Muhezwa.

Mutsure drew a pistol and pointed it at Mwanjila's forehead, demanding $20 000. He then ordered Muhezwa and other passengers, Takudzwa Changayi and Philip Chakanyuka, to disembark and lie on the ground.

Mutsure's accomplices, who were wielding machetes, knives and iron bars, stole their cellphones.

They forced the victims into Mutsure's car while one of his accomplices took over Mwanjila's car. They later dumped them in a bushy area at Snake Park near Lake Chivero and sped off with both cars.

On March 22 this year, Kadoma Criminal Investigations Department (CID) detectives received a tip off that armed robbers were roaming around Rumwe Shopping Centre.

The detectives proceeded to the shopping centre and a gun battle ensued, resulting in Hakurotwi being shot first.

Mutsure was arrested on April 29 in Zengeza 3, Chitungwiza following a high-speed police chase.

Further investigations led to the recovery of the Toyota Raum and a pistol Lorcin that was hidden under the rear-left passenger seat.

Mutsure was positively identified by the complainants.

Source - the herald