GWERU — A 31-year-old Gweru armed robber was yesterday slapped with an effective seven-year jail term for attempting to rob a taxi driver of his vehicle at gun and knifepoint.
Regional magistrate Joseph Mabeza found Donald Nyahuna guilty of robbery and sentenced him to 10 years in jail, three of which were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
Prosecutor Tafadzwanashe Mpariwa told the court that sometime in 2009 at around 2150 hours, Nyahuna and his accomplice, still at large, approached Taruvinga Temba who was parked at Midlands Hotel and told him they wanted to be driven to Montrose Farm.
Temba agreed and charged the duo 80 rand for hiring him.
When they arrived at the farm, Nyahuna and his accomplice asked the complainant to stop and forked out a fake $100 note, which Temba declined to accept.
The pair then produced knives and a pistol and ordered him to surrender all his belongings including the car.
Temba refused to comply and instead overpowered the two, disarmed them and stabbed Nyahuna on the upper lip with a knife.
The two fled into the bush and Temba proceeded to make a report to the police, leading to Nyahuna’s arrest.