Cops shoot ‘armed robber’


HARARE – A suspected armed robber was shot while trying to escape and was remanded in custody to October 9.

Albert Kwarira, 39, is currently receiving treatment for gunshot wounds at Parirenyatwa Hospital’s intensive care unit, where he is under armed guard.

Magistrate Anita Tshuma remanded Kwarira — who was unable to speak — in custody .

It is the State’s case that on March 14, Kwarira and his accomplices went to Highlands armed with homemade machetes and an axe.

Kwarira and his accomplices allegedly gained entry into the yard by scaling a pre-cast wall before they entered an upstairs bedroom by cutting  burglar bars.

They allegedly confronted Shane Beamish and his wife and threatened to kill them unless they complied with their demands.

The court heard that Kwarira ransacked the house and stole property worth $6 000 before locking the couple in the television room.

On July 3, Kwarira and his gang allegedly went to Avondale West wielding a rifle, revolver and an axe.
They allegedly forced their way into the house and confronted Jin Gray at gunpoint while she was watching television.

Kwarira’s accomplices allegedly stormed the dining room and found Ishmael Aldogan asleep on the couch before waking him up and force marching him to his bedroom.

It is the State’s case that Kwarira allegedly demanded the keys to the safe and stole jewellery, cash and heavy duty machinery all valued at $21 000.

On September 21, the gang allegedly went to a Mount Pleasant house where they seized cash and electrical gadgets worth $15 000.

Detectives on September 22 received information that Kwarira had been spotted in the city centre.

Acting on the tip-off, they trailed Kwarira and arrested him at Fanton Court after a gunfire exchange.

Following his arrest, he implicated Costa Basiyawo and Tafadzwa Matinenga — who are still at large — as his accomplices.

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