‘Machete-wielding robbers’ hauled before court

By Staff Reporter
THREE alleged machete-wielding robbers who attacked and stole gold ore and other valuables worth $42 000 in Odzi leading to the death of one of their accomplices in a scuffle with the victims were remanded in custody when they were arraigned before a Mutare magistrate.
The three, Edmore Sevenzai(36), Japhet Nhatu (20) and Charles Rutsate (36) appeared before a Mutare court charged with robbery.
The trio was remanded in custody to December 31 for routine remand.
Allegations are that on 21 November, the trio and their ten accomplices who are still at large and another who was shot dead by one of their victims attacked the three complainants who were sleeping in their cars outside a gold mine in Odzi.
The court heard that the accused were armed with machetes and Columbian knives.
The State further alleges that the trio and their accomplices smashed the car screens of their victims’ car and attacked them using machetes and Columbian knives.
It is the State’s cases that, in retaliation one of the complainants pulled out a pistol and shot one of the gang members three times which resulted in the gang fleeing the scene going away with gold ore, cash and other valuables valued at $42 000.
The trio was arrested in Kwekwe after one of the victims identified him and tipped off the police.
In another matter, a 27-year-old man risks spending a month in jail if he fails to pay a fine of $150 following his conviction for theft after he stole two bottles of Viceroy on Christmas day in a local supermarket.
The man pleaded guilty to the charge of theft when he appeared before a Mutare magistrate.
Facts are that on Christmas day the man went to a supermarket in Sakubva and stole two 200ml bottles of Viceroy and hid them in his jacket.
When he was leaving the supermarket, he was searched and the bottles of viceroy were found.
He was then handed over to the police.