Four armed robbers were on Tuesday slapped with a 10-year jail term each for robbing two taxis and cash from the drivers after hiring them, ostensibly to take their drunken friends home.
The robbers are Carrington Mutambarika (19), Forget Madamombe (27), Tonderai Mukuya (24) and Collen Harusiyi (26).
Three years of the sentences were suspended, leaving them to serve effective seven- year terms. Mutambarika and Harusiyi had a further three months suspended on condition they paid back their victims.
When the four men appeared before regional magistrate Memory Chigwaza, Mutambarika, Madamombe and Mukuya were jointly charged in one case where they robbed Masaiti Katsvara of his taxi while Mutambarika again appeared jointly charged with Harusiyi for robbing Thomas Makana.
All the accused pleaded guilty to robbing the taxi drivers whom they had hired to take them to Mbare and Sunningdale.
On May 18, Mutambarika, Madamombe, Mukuya and another suspect only identified as Brian, who is still at large, approached Katsvara at around 10pm and asked him to take their drunken friend to Mbare.
Along the way Madamombe produced a screwdriver and pointed it at Katsvara’s neck before ordering him to stop.
The three wrestled him out of the vehicle and robbed him of cash before driving to Glen View 3, where they dumped the vehicle.
Mutambarika again teamed up with Harusiyi and robbed Makana after hiring him from town, ostensibly to go to Waterfalls.
At a bridge along Northway in Waterfalls, the duo stabbed Makana on both thighs with a screwdriver. They stole $310 from him and drove away in his car.