Robson Kandenga (45), Peter Mangwiro (40) and Brighton Chisiko (30) who stormed a construction site in Umwinsidale, which is believed to belong to Bona Chikore (nee Mugabe), were yesterday sentenced to an effective 18 months each in jail.
The trio pleaded guilty to robbery when it appeared before Harare regional magistrate Mr Noel Mupeiwa. Mupeiwa initially sentenced the trio to 30 months each in prison, but 12 months were suspended for each sentence on condition of good behaviour. When they initially appeared in court on Tuesday, the gang was being charged with armed robbery, but the charges were later altered to robbery as it is understood that no weapons were used when the crime was committed.
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The court heard that the trio approached a police officer who was guarding the construction site and pretended to be asking for directions. They then disarmed the police officer of his AK47 service rifle before punching and kicking him and tying him using a wire retrieved from the site. They then proceeded to steal the police officer’s personal items, including two phones, and 80 wooden construction boards, which all amounted to $4 800.