Cop impersonators remanded in custody

TWO men from Dulivhadzimu in Beitbridge were last week remanded in custody to today pending the outcome of their bail application after they appeared before local magistrate, Langton Mukwengi on allegations of impersonating police officers, robbery and being found in a protected place.

BY SILAS NKALA

Elvis Murombo (25) and Osward Zhou were not asked to plead to the charges.

Prosecutor, Munyonga Kuvarega told the court that in the first count of impersonation, the accused intercepted Spencer Tshuma from Kwekwe at Beitbridge Border Post and confiscated his passport accusing him of overstaying in South Africa.

As they walked towards the border entrance gate, they stopped at a dark spot, where they allegedly robbed Tshuma of a wallet containing R3500.

Murombo allegedly removed the money from the wallet and returned the wallet to Tshuma with R500 and ordered him not to report the matter.

Tshuma later reported the robbery to police officers manning the main gate, who gave chase and arrested Zhou, leading to the recovery of the stolen money. Murombo was later arrested and searched.

He was allegedly found in possession of R1 300. The total money, that had been stolen was R3 500 and all of it was recovered.

In the third count, the court was told that the accused were allegedly stopped while crossing the Beitbridge border post without relevant travel documents, leading to their arrest.

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