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Serial robbers jailed 36 months


Two serial robbers accused of terrorising Bulawayo residents were on Wednesday slapped with a
36-month jail term each.

The pair, Capson Nyathi (24) and Fortune Mthunzi (21), waylaid and assaulted three residents and robbed them of goods worth $299,50 on separate occasions between March and April.

Bulawayo magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa convicted and sentenced them to 36 months in prison each, but suspended six months of the terms on condition of good behaviour.

The court heard that on March 31, Mandla Mpofu of Old Magwegwe was cycling along Intemba Road near Pumula East shopping centre when the two robbers attacked him with stones and left him for dead while they made off with his bicycle.

Nyathi sold the bicycle to one Fanuel. Mpofu, the owner of the bicycle, later saw Fanuel riding it. He reported the matter to the police who then questioned Fanuel, leading to the arrest of Nyathi and Mthunzi.

On another occasion in April, the two struck one Gwamhu of Old Pumula on the head with a blunt object while on his way to Pumula East from Old Pumula.

They robbed him of his cellphone, R5 and $11. An injured Gwamhu made a police report before he was taken to hospital for treatment.

That same night, the robbers pounced on Michael Ncube at knifepoint near Pumula East and took away his cellphone, R200 and $11, a jacket and a pair of shoes.

Ncube reported the matter to the police, leading to the robbers’ arrest two days later.

Police recovered 10 cellphone handsets of various models from them. Gwamhu and Ncube managed to identify their stolen property from among the recovered handsets.

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