Zim police arrest half a million rand robber

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Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau 

Zimbabwe Police have arrested one of the five suspects who, along with his accomplices, pounced on a Beitbridge foreign currency dealer’s house and robbed him over half a million Rand, US$4500  and a vehicle after shooting him eight times.

Enock Nyamani (34) of Mberengwa who is based in Polokwane (South Africa) is accused of teaming up with a gang of four others still at large to rob Muchineripi Hlaringo (40) at his house in Mabidi suburb. Nyamani and his accomplices shot Hlaringo eight times, leaving him seriously injured. The suspect was reportedly busted by police detectives near Beitbridge border post as he attempted to leave for South Africa in a Ford Ranger Supercab he had bought from the stolen proceeds.

Nyamani was on Wednesday dragged before Beitbridge regional magistrate Mr Crispen Mberewere charged with robbery.

He was remanded in custody to July 23, pending trial.

Prosecutor Manyonga Kuvarega told the court that on June 9, at midnight, Hlaringo retired to bed and around 2AM Nyamani and his gang, who were covering their faces in balaclavas, pounced on the complainant’s house.

The prosecutor said the suspects cut an electric fence to the house and got into the premises.

The court further heard that upon entering the premises the gang forced open a door to the house, proceeding to Hlaringo’s bedroom, where they woke Hlaringo and his wife.

The gang then threatened Hlaringo, who then gave them a bag containing R567 000 and $4 500 which Nyamani and team allegedly took away, with two cell phones and Toyota Runx car keys, before one of the suspects shot Hlaringo eight times.

The state further alleged that the gang drove away in Hlaringo’s car along the Beitbridge Masvingo road and dumped it at Lutumba Business Centre, after the car had developed a tyre puncture.

He said the complainant was then rushed to United Bulawayo Hospitals for treatment.