I'm HIV positive—convicted robber pleads with Bulawayo magistrate

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BULAWAYO— Two security guards found guilty of robbery pleaded for leniency from a Bulawayo magistrate this week with one claiming he was HIV positive and a cancer patient while the other said he was the sole breadwinner.
The pair was arrested in Bulawayo after they robbed a motorist and his girlfriend of cash and cellphones when the man had disembarked from the vehicle to relieve himself. The duo, Tinos Ncube of 5274 Nketa 9 and Mxolisi Sibanda of 71826 Lobengula West, employed by Mansec and Highway Security Companies respectively were on Tuesday remanded in custody and will reappear in court next Friday. According to the state, the complainant Fungai Fortune Manyeka was driving in the city centre last Friday in the company of his girlfriend when he decided to relieve himself adjacent Bulawayo Centre shopping complex. Ncube and Sibanda appeared from the dark opened the passenger door, grabbed Manyeka’s girlfriend by the neck and demanded money.
The two then grabbed two cellphones and $42 cash before disappearing into the night. Manyeka reported the matter at Bulawayo Central Police Station leading to Ncube and Sibanda’s arrest. In mitigation, Ncube told the court that he had five children and was the sole breadwinner while Sibanda said he was HIV positive and needed to go and collect more medication. Sibanda also said the courts should be lenient with him because he has cancer.
The two were denied bail. Sibanda was ordered to produce medical records to prove that he was HIV positive.