A HARARE man recently lost his car worth US$77 400 after he was robbed by suspects who include a self proclaimed commercial sex worker and a taxi driver.
The hooker, Eva Mudzamiri, 26, Collen Kabvumbi, 30, a taxi driver and Edmore Round, 36, appeared before Magistrate Dennis Mangosi on Tuesday facing robbery of a motor vehicle charge.
They were remanded in custody to August 10 after being advised to seek bail at the High Court.
Prosecuting, Anesu Chirenje said that the incident occurred on July 23 this year at around midnight. The car was however found dumped near Harare CBD the following day with some valuables of the complainant, Nigel Kalumbu, missing.
According to court papers, it is alleged that the accused persons were driving in two motor vehicles a Toyota Wish without registration plates and a Toyota fun cargo inscribed Eagle taxis allegedly followed behind the complainant’s vehicle.
Kalumbu was driving his motor vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler along Acturus going to his place of residence when he established that he was being followed.
Kalumbu turned into Rossal Road to see if the vehicle was actually following him and the vehicle also turned into the same road.
The State further alleges that when the complainant reached Kamfinsa Shopping Centre, Harare, he decided to seek help from his friend Desmond Makova who resides along Russell Road around that area.
It is alleged when Kalumbu was about to arrive at his friend’s gate the Toyota Wish blocked him.
“The complainant disembarked from his motor vehicle and ran away shouting for help leaving his motor vehicle idling with car keys on the ignition port.”
“Round and Mudzamiri disembarked from their getaway car and started assaulting complainant with open hands and fists,” said the state.
Kalumbu wrestled with the suspects and managed to escape.
Kalumbu allegedly rushed to Kubvumbi’s taxi not knowing that he was part of the gang which was parked nearby and the accused persons did not follow him but instead went back to complainant’s motor vehicle.
It is alleged the complainant discovered that his iPhone 11 cell phone, Breitling watch, Demaco power bank and Iphone charger was missing.
On July 24, detectives arrested Kubvumbi who implicated Round and Mudzamiri and they led to the recovery of the complainant’s missing property. □