Two robbers using a mushikashika and robbing their passengers in broad daylight around Harare in September and October this year have each been given effective 15 year ja!l terms and still have to pay back their victims in full.
Brothers Admire (33) and Clever Sachoto (43) were convicted of 12 counts of robbery after a full trial by Harare magistrate Ms Evelyn Mashavakure.
Initially, Ms Mashavakure had slapped them with a 22-year impr!sonment term each.
She then suspended five years on the condition of good behaviour when they are finally released, and suspended another two years on condition they restitute the full value of what they stole.
Prosecutor Mr Takudzwa Jambawu proved that on September 3 this year at around 11am, Ethel Mubaiwa boarded a Toyota Runx which was pirating the Harare-Chinhoyi route intending to go to Chinhoyi. But along Lomagundi Road, near Gwebi College Clever, who was seated on the front passenger seat, jumped to the back passenger seat where Mubaiwa was seated pulled out his knife and snatched her handbag containing a laptop, power pack,cellphone, adapter and data cables and handed it over to Admire.
They threw her out a little later.
The total value of stolen goods was US$439 and nothing was recovered.
On October 11, Audrey Chikandamina boarded the same vehicle at around 11.45pm, which was pirating along Lomagundi Road going to Harare city centre. Again once she was in Clever pulled out his knife and stole her cellphone and US$30 cash and then pushed her out of the car. The value of the stolen property was US$330 and nothing was recovered.
Maris Tinotenda Chima fell victim to the pair’s robbing ploy on September 29.
At around 1:15pm when Chima bordered the vehicle which was pirating Sydney Malunga Road (ex-Argyle Road) intending to go to central Harare and lost her handbag containing a US$108 cellphone and US$120 cash with nothing recovered.
Clever and Admire robbed a legal practitioner Danai Willie on October 11 at around 11.45am when she boarded their Toyota Runx which was pirating along King George Road in Avondale intending to go to central Harare.
The pair stole her iPhone 11 cell-phone and laptop and shoved her out the car.
Value of the stolen appliances was US$ 3530 and US$300 cash and nothing was recovered. Herald