A SUSPECTED bogus police officer, who allgedly preyed on foreign currency dealers, appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts yesterday facing robbery charges.
BY TAFADZWA MUTACHA
The accused, Tadiwanashe Nyasha Hwengwere (30), was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, who remanded him to September 19 on $100 bail.
It is the State’s case that on August 16 this year, Hwengwere, together with Elvis Nhendere and Cleopas Makwande, who are already on remand, connived to rob Pronia Mutodza and they followed her after they had seen her receiving a huge amount of South African rand.
The State alleges the trio, who were wearing police uniforms, blocked the complainant’s vehicle with their getaway Honda Fit vehicle and introduced themselves as police officers.
The gang told the complainant that she was under arrest for dealing in foreign currency and they took control of Mutodza’s vehicle before asking her to jump onto the passenger’s seat, saying they were taking her to Harare Central Police Station.
The State alleges that as the accused and complainant were driving towards Harare Central Police Station, their getaway vehicle was following behind and Makwande took more than R20 000, which was in the complainant’s handbag.
After robbing the complainant, the gang then stopped the complainant’s car before Harare Central Police Station gate.
They jumped into their getaway vehicle and sped off.
Mutodza managed to capture the vehicle’s number plate and reported the matter to the police, leading to arrest of the accused.
Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.