By Fungai Jachi
A suspected serial armed robber from Chitungwiza has appeared in court on ten counts of armed robbery and one count of rape.
42-year-old Samuel Charles Kangausaru from Chitungwiza is alleged to be part of a gang that terrorised Chitungwiza and surrounding areas by breaking into houses demanding cash and valuables at gun point.
It is alleged that Kangausaru and his alleged accomplices would arm themselves with various weapons which include guns, iron bars and machetes which they used to instill fear in their victims before robbing them.
The court heard that in one of the robberies, Kangausaru and his accomplices took turns to rape a female victim while her family watched.
The suspect and his accomplices would at times steal cars which they would then use in some of the robberies.
The accused was arrested following investigations by the police.
He was remanded to the 10th of August before he was advised to apply for bail at the High Court.
Two other suspects, Panashe Kaseke, aged 18 and 42-year-old John Chizhanje also appeared in court on 10 counts of armed robbery.
Cases of armed robbery have become a cause for concern in the country with the police making breakthroughs through the arrests of some of the most notorious armed robbers who include Musa Taj Abdul, Godfrey Josi and Amos George Mutamba.