Armed robbery suspect remanded, 3 relatives await sentencing

A SUSPECTED armed robber, who was shot on both legs in Norton recently while carrying several children in a stolen vehicle, was on Monday remanded to his hospital bed to May 21 by Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba.


The accused has been identified as Valentine Mutasa.

This came as Mutasa’s sister, Mildred, wife Patricia Mutsambiwa and Wadzanai Manyika pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing the course of justice after they hid the guns used by the accused in the robbery cases.

The trio was set to be sentenced today, but failed to turn up following transport challenges by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services.

The court heard that on May 2, an unidentified informant went to a house in Katanga, Norton, investigating a case linking Mutasa to a vehicle robbery case.

Mutasa fled from the house and the detectives gave chase and apprehended him.

While the detectives were chasing the accused person, Mildred, who had visited Mutasa, got into his bedroom and took away a silver special revolver pistol, pellet gun, rounds of ammunition for a .303, 897 rounds of ammunition for a star pistol and buried them at the back of the house.

On the same date, the detectives were tipped that the three had buried the firearms.

The detectives went to the house and arrested Mildred, who confessed that she gave some of the guns to Mutsambiwa who took them to Domboshava.

The detectives went to Domboshava and arrested Mutsambiwa and Manyika.

They recovered pistols and ammunitions near a septic tank behind Manyika’s kitchen.

Mutasa is facing various armed robbery allegations committed in Bindura, Mvurwi and Harare involving thousands of dollars.
Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.

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