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Woman assaulted while praying on mountain, robbed of motor vehicle

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  • ... the accused in the company of his accomplices namely Edwin Katare Munyaradzi Parirewa Gahadzikwa, Knowledge Nyamuna and James Ziyambi Chidyandunge who were armed with axes and machetes approached the complainant Ireen Mataruse who was at Garimo praying mountain with her church mates.

A 31-year-old Domboshava man together with his four accomplices reportedly assaulted a woman prayer warrior who was praying in the mountain with machetes and axes before stealing her car.

The incident happened in April 2019.

Takudzwa Mwanza was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Richard Mangosi charged with robbery.

The State represented by Lancelot Mutsokoti alleges that on 13 April 2019 at around 0001 hours, the accused in the company of his accomplices namely Edwin Katare Munyaradzi Parirewa Gahadzikwa, Knowledge Nyamuna and James Ziyambi Chidyandunge who were armed with axes and machetes approached the complainant Ireen Mataruse who was at Garimo praying mountain with her church mates.

According to state papers, the four accused persons threatened and assaulted the complainant before demanding the keys of a TOYOTA RAV 4 registration numbers AEJ 0649. The accused person forcibly took the car keys from the complainant and drove the motor vehicle to an unknown destination.

The motor vehicle was reportedly recovered dumped at Warren Park Round about along Harare Bulawayo road by CID Vehicle theft squad. Upon recovery, the motor vehicle had its number plates removed.

The radio, its speakers as well as the car battery had been removed by the accused person and his accomplices. On 14 June 2021, the accused person was arrested through a tip off and during interviews he made indications to where they dumped the stolen motor vehicle.

The value of the stolen motor vehicle is US$15000-00 and the value recovered is US$10000-00. ■

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