Two Chinese nationals and their alleged local accomplice appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court yesterday facing allegations of shooting two people they mistook for armed robbers.
BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
Luo Tin gpen (27), Li Yize (27) and Gamuchirai Nigel Zuze (23) were not asked to plead to the attempted murder charge when they appeared before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, who remanded them in custody to March 8.
It is the State’s case that on February 19 this year, the complainant, Kevin Guzah, was driving a Toyota Vitz vehicle along Lincoln Road, Belgravia, in the company of the second complainant, Kudzai Nduku.
The State alleges as Guzah and Nduku approached number 17 Lincoln Road, they heard a gun shot and immediately made a U-turn and drove towards a nearby service station.
The suspects allegedly got into their Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle and gave chase.
Guzah allegedly lost control of his vehicle and rammed into a fuel pump before one of the suspects shot Nduku, who was on the passenger’s seat and assaulted her with a gun butt on the head.
Guzah allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and fell into a trench, as he tried to flee the scene.
The accused allegedly rushed to the trench, where they shot Guzah in the pelvis and right leg, before bundling him into the boot of their vehicle and took him to the police station, as Nduku remained behind writhing in agony.
The State alleges the accused were found in possession of the firearm used in the commission of the offence.
The State opposed bail saying the Chinese nationals were in the country on temporary permits, which do not allow them to work or be involved in any illegal activities and might flee if granted bail.
Meanwhile, a Rusape armed robbery suspect, Thompson Runyowa, who allegedly robbed a Chinese businessman of $11 000 appeared before the same magistrate and was remanded in custody to March 8.
Runyowa, together with his two accomplices, who are still at large, hatched a plan to rob Jiang Long of 31 Lincoln, Belgravia, and they waylaid him in Rusape on his way from Chipinge, where he had gone to collect money from one of his shops.
Upon seeing Long, the trio fired gun shots and he stopped.
They dragged Long into their Toyota Wish vehicle and drove into a bushy area, where they allegedly robbed him of $8 300 and a mobile phone.
The accused then drove to Long’s residence, where they stole another $3 000.
They escaped Long’s residence on foot, abandoning their getaway vehicle after an exchange of gunfire with their victim’s security guards.
Runyowa was arrested at the scene of the crime.
Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.