A 30-year-old Mabvuku robber, Augustine Makuwe, was last week slapped with an 8-year prison term after being convicted of stealing $7 000 from his former employer.
Makuwe was convicted by Harare magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini after a full trial.
Jarabini suspended one year on condition of good behaviour and another on condition Makuwe paid restitution to Keith Robert Wilson in the sum of $1 225 by end of April this year.
Although Makuwe had raised a defence of mistaken identity, the complainant, Wilson, told the court that he could not have been mistaken in identifying his former employee whom he positively identified on November 22, last year.
According to the evidence led from Wilson, it had just rained on the day in question when the drenched Makuwe in the company of his colleagues Owen Mlambo and another only identified as Shepherd, intruded into his house after scaling over a pre-cast wall.
Wilson said Makuwe and his colleagues who were armed with knives, besieged the family while they relaxed in the lounge and threatened to kill them if they attempted to resist.
The gang manhandled the family, tied them with electric chords and demanded cash from them, Wilson said.
Makuwe and his accomplices are said to have ransacked the house after locking Wilson and his family in the bathroom and stolen property worth $7 000 before disappearing into the night.
Wilson further told the court that he managed to set himself free, got his firearm and fired warning shots but the gang had already vanished.
However, Makuwe’s luck ran out last month when he was caught selling part of the stolen property and he led the police to the recovery of the bulk of the looted goods.
“Having analysed the evidence on record as above, it is this court’s finding that there is overwhelming evidence against the accused,” Jarabini ruled, before convicting Makuwe.