HARARE – A convicted armed robber, slapped with a 10-year prison term, is back in court on allegations of robbing two supermarkets.
Tapiwa Madya, 27, who appeared before Harare regional magistrate Aidonia Masawi last week is jointly charged with Justin Momela, 36, and Thembinkosi Mathuthu, 37.
According to court papers, the complainant on the first count is Kudzai Majuru, who resides at Majuru Growth Point, Goromonzi and is the owner of Majuru Supermarket.
It is alleged that the trio went to Goromonzi in October 2010 at around 7pm, armed with P1 and CZ pistols.
They allegedly entered Majuru Supermarket, where they force-marched a security guard who was manning the premises.
The court heard that while inside the shop, Momela and Madya produced pistols and ordered everyone to lie down, failure of which they were going to shoot.
The duo allegedly seized $4 300, cell phones, a laptop and airtime cards before disappearing into the night.
It is alleged that after the incident, the gang later pounced on David Baselemu’s Westgate Supermarket, which is at the same growth point in Goromonzi in January 2011.
The court heard that when the trio entered the supermarket, Momela produced a pistol and fired one shot at the walls, before demanding keys to the safe.
According to state papers, the gang force-marched the shop manager into his office, where they stole $2 500 and fled from the scene.
The trio allegedly hired a commuter omnibus after Momela lied to the driver that his wife had just given birth in Ruwa, Harare.
The trio was later arrested in Harare, leading to the recovery of some of the stolen goods.
Masawi remanded the trio to October 10, while their trial date is slated for October 15.