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Robber gets five years


AN Emakhandeni Good Samaritan, who later turned robber after he used an axe to rob a man whom he had offered overnight accommodation, was last week slapped with a five-year jail term.

By Our Court Reporter

Mbonisi Zulu, however, had six months of his sentence suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour. An additional six months were suspended on condition he paid restitution to the complainant Shepherd Madzikatire.

State counsel Tatenda Dakwa told the court that on October 25, Madzikatire disembarked from a commuter omnibus at Emagetsini in Emakhandeni at around 7.30pm on his way to his house.

When he got to Emakhandeni Primary School, he met Zulu in the company of three of his accomplices who are still at large.

The four approached him and offered to give him overnight accommodation saying it was unsafe for him to travel in the area at night.

Madzikatire complied and was immediately escorted to Zulu’s home. After travelling for about 50 metres from the bus stop, Zulu grabbed Madzikatire by the neck and tripped him to the ground.

He pulled out on axe and struck Madzikatire’s forehead while his accomplices were searching him.

They robbed him of 800 pula and a cellphone. Madzikatire was saved from further harm after passers-by, who had just disembarked from a commuter omnibus, gave chase and apprehended Zulu, but his accomplices managed to escape. Nothing was recovered.

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