ONE of the suspected armed robbers who raided Waverly Blankets in Harare in May this year and got away with $412 000 cash appeared in court yesterday with a bullet still lodged in his skull.
REPORT BY CHARLES LAITON
The suspect, Kudakwashe Brian Mungadzi (39), was cornered and shot by police officers as he attempted to evade arrest two months later.
Mungadzi made an application through his lawyer, Zivanai Macharaga, to be allowed to consult doctors of his own choice to have the bullet removed from his head.
The lawyer told regional magistrate Adonia Masawi that his client’s condition was deteriorating with each passing day as efforts by government doctors to remove the bullet had failed.
“The accused has a bullet in his head and has also developed a swollen tummy which is making it difficult for him to swallow solid foods. His condition has seriously deteriorated, hence this application for the court to allow him to consult a doctor of his own choice,” Macharaga said. “The accused visited Parirenyatwa Hospital and a head scan was done on him, but the doctors are still studying how best they can remove the bullet without endangering his life.”
Mungadzi’s lawyer also said his client was having problems in speaking due to the bullet in his head and was not fit for trial. Masawi granted the application and said he would write to prison officials to urgently attend to the matter.
Mungadzi was arrested and charged alongside Fred Tsvarai (34), Hoosein Karim (63), Winnock Hahlani (41), James Tabu (28), Amos Ndhlamuti (30) and Yvette Johnson Don (43).
All the seven accused persons appeared in court, but their trial failed to kick off as scheduled because the magistrate is due to go on vacation and can, therefore, not start new matters.
Allegations against the accused are that sometime in May this year, Don approached Karim and told him of the laxity of security at Waverly Blankets during transportation of cash to the bank.
Thereafter, a plan was allegedly hatched whereupon the accused persons waylaid Waverly Blankets officials and robbed them of $412 798. The suspects were eventually arrested and $25 300 was recovered.