Two Zimbabwe Republic Police officers and 4 civilians were convicted of the robbery of an Indian businessman, Junaid Pervaiz, of $56 000 at a fake roadblock. Harare regional magistrate Mr Elijah Makomo found the six guilty of the robbery after phone records before and after the robbery placed them at the scene of the crime. They had denied knowing each other arguing that they had only met each other at Harare Remand Prison.
The two officers Kundai Makwarimba (35) and Fortune Sibanda (29) were convicted alongside Dickson Morosi (32), Bekezela Masuku (44), Chris Kadungure alias Butter Makiyi (46) and Kelvin Makiyi (28).
In passing judgement, Magistrate Makomo said:
The accused alleged that the police assaulted them leading them into submitting to things they did not do.
However, the accused failed to sustain the allegations of undue influence. Call histories of all the accused show an intricate web of calls around the time of the offence.
A slew of calls from Kadungure to Morosi, Makwarimba, Sibanda, and Makiyi points to him and one Charles Saraf who is on the run as the master minders of the crime.
The court has no doubt of the invincible case against the accused. They are guilty as charged.
The sentence is yet to be passed after the matter was adjourned to Monday.
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