The wife of a self-confessed hard-core criminal has been jailed two years for hiding a pistol used in committing a spate of robberies by her husband, Kelvin Jonasi Zulu (30), who is recovering at Kadoma Hospital after he was shot in the leg by police while trying to escape.
Chegutu magistrate Fabian Feshete on Monday sentenced 21-year-old Lisnet Jamiri to 24 months imprisonment.
Ten months were suspended for five years on condition Jamiri does not within that period commit any offence in which obstruction of justice is an element.
Jamiri was facing charges under section 184 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act chapter 9:23; defeating or obstructing the course of justice.
The State case led by Solomon Kanyoka is that on March 11 at a house in Kaguvi, Chegutu, police detectives arrived in the company of Zulu to recover a Star pistol serial number 1294058 which he had confessed to using in a series of armed robberies in and around the area.
The court heard that after realising the risk of the gun being recovered Jamiri quickly took the firearm, loaded with six live rounds, which was tucked underneath a mattress.
She also removed 27 live rounds of ammunition which were hidden in a radio speaker and put the items in a plastic bag before disappearing from the scene.
She allegedly took the plastic bag containing the pistol and live rounds to nearby Umvovo Farm where she concealed them.
On the same day, police detectives received a tip-off from an anonymous caller leading to accuseds arrest.
In mitigation, the mother of a three-year-old toddler pleaded for leniency saying she had on numerous occasions tried to convince her husband to dispose of the firearm and shun crime.
She blamed her actions on ignorance.
Meanwhile, Zulu and co-accused Tawanda Sifelani (29) facing 13 counts of armed robbery this week appeared before magistrate Frank Mkwananzi who remanded them in custody to April 16.
The State alleged the pair would on several occasions masquerade as genuine hitchhikers and later turn on motorists who would have offered transport, robbing them of their valuables including laptops, cellphones and cash.
The duo operated mostly between Harare and Chegutu and was recently arrested by police detectives who shot Zulu after he attempted to flee.
Gracious Chaminuka represented the State.