Duo sentenced to 9 years in prison for stealing the Honda Fit from a taxi driver

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Office of Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge

Two Beitbridge men who robbed a taxi driver they hired of valuables, including a cellphone and a Honda Fit worth US$4,100, have been jailed for an effective nine years respectively.

Pardon Chamunorwa (30) and Edson Takwanisa Hardson (29) are accused of robbing the complainant of his belongings and car on October 22 after hiring him for transportation from Dulivhadzimu suburb to Beitbridge border post .

They were convicted on their own guilty plea to theft charges when they appeared before the Regional Magistrate, Mr Innocent Bepura, on Thursday.

Both defendants ended up with nine effective years in prison after one year was conditionally set aside for 5 years.

Continuing, Mr. Claudius Karinga said on October 22 at around 3 a.m. that the two men had hired the plaintiff who was driving a black Honda Fit to take them to the border.

He said they agreed on a service charge of R20.

Along the way, Chamunorwa pretended to speak to someone who was in the sparsely populated suburb and wanted to see the two men.

He then asked the taxi driver to divert the route via low density suburbs and that he would top up the fare.

The court heard that in the suburbs, as the driver negotiated an intersection, Hardson, who was sitting behind him, strangled the man with a rope around his neck and ordered him to stop the vehicle.

Afterwards, Chamunorwa took an okapi knife from his pocket and put it on the man’s neck, they then removed it from the driver’s seat.

After which Chamunorwa drove the vehicle to One Independence Barracks, where they dumped the man and drove off.

A report was then made to the police who recovered the vehicle from Masvingo at Nyika growth point and arrested the two men following intensive investigations.

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