Suspected church robbers in court

By Fungai Jachi

TWO suspected church robbers have appeared in court facing ten counts of armed robbery involving cash and valuables worth more than US$20 000.

18-year-old Panashe Kaseke and his alleged accomplice John Chizhanje aged 46 are suspected to be part of a gang that broke into various churches demanding cash and valuables at gun point.

The court heard that in one of the cases they stole a Mercedes Benz which they used as a getaway car in the other robberies.

The duo is also facing charges of unlawful possession of firearms after they were found in possession of guns when they were arrested in Glen View, Harare.

It is alleged that on the day in question the accused persons exchanged gun fire with the police before they were arrested.

They were advised to apply for bail at the High Court.

Still at the courts, a Pastor at a local church has been ordered to perform 630 hours of community service after pleading guilty to stealing electronic gadgets worth over US$13 000 from the church.

Adolf Lwazi Moyo(31) was initially sentenced to 36 months in prison before six months were suspended on condition of good behaviour with another 12 months suspended on condition that he pays back ZWL$1 million to the church.

He will perform 630 hours of community service for the remaining 18 months.