Police officers (cops) who robbed 2nd-hand dealer of US$248 000 late last year using service firearms have been denied bail by the High Court.
The cops, Crispen Kado (29) of ZRP Rhodesville and Daniel Kademba (37) of ZRP Mabvuku and Tafadzwa Takawengwa, are facing one count of armed robbery, while their two accomplices remain at large.
It emerged during their bail hearing before Justice Tawanda Chitapi that Kado and Kademba have a pending criminal case at the Harare Magistrates’ Court where they stand charged with criminal abuse of duty as public officers after they assisted some robbers to escape when they should have been arrested and prosecuted.
In denying the trio bail, Justice Chitapi noted that on the face of it, the offences were not the same. He said:
However, one does not lose sight of the fact that where a police officer offends the law which he or she is supposed to safeguard and becomes the villain instead of a defender of the law, the court takes a serious view of the matter.
It is alleged that on October 22 last year, the complainant, Tinei Mainato who was a passenger travelling from Harare to Mozambique in a Honda Fit vehicle had US$248 664 cash intending to buy bales of second-hand clothes.
On arrival at Mufusire Uphill in Headlands, the vehicle had a tyre puncture prompting them to slow down. A Toyota Wish in which the accused cops were came from behind with five occupants.
The vehicle drove side-by-side with the Honda Fit and one of the robbers ordered the driver to stop but did not comply. One of the suspects produced a pistol and fired one shot, forcing him to stop.
Four of the suspects disembarked and approached Mainato and ordered him to surrender cash and cell phones. Mainato surrendered US$248 664, one ITEL cell phone and a Samsung J1.
The gang fled leaving the complainant at the scene.
Investigations led to the recovery of the suspect’s firearm from ZRP Rhodesvile and it was taken to CID Ballistics for examination and it matched that of Kado.
Further investigations revealed that Kado and Kademba were jointly using the firearm. Kademba’s fingerprints matched those which were uplifted from the vehicle at the scene of the robbery.
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