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Cops in $56 000 robbery case denied bail

Three Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers who were arrested on allegations of robbing a Harare businessman of $56 000 after mounting a fake roadblock were yesterday denied bail.

In denying them bail, provincial magistrate Tendai Mahwe said the suspects Dickson Morosi (32), Kundai Makwarimba (35) and Fortune Sibanda (29) were a flight risk and might interfere with State witnesses.

He further said their alleged accomplices were still on the run and might jeopardise the investigations on the matter.

According to the State, on July 26 at around 2pm, Morosi, Makwarimba, Sibanda and seven other suspects, who are still at large, planned to rob Junaid Pervaiz, who operates a tissue-manufacturing business.
Cops in $56 000 robbery case denied bail
The State alleges the suspects received inside information that Pervaiz was carrying large sums of money from his business premises to his residence in Belvedere.

Acting in common purpose, the suspects allegedly drove in two motor vehicles, a Toyota Spacio and Honda Fit, which had no number plates. They allegedly waylaid Pervaiz along Hudson Road in Belvedere after mounting a fake roadblock. Two of the suspects wore police uniforms and traffic reflective sleeves.

The State further alleges as Pervaiz approached the “roadblock” while driving his Toyota Runx vehicle, the suspects flagged him down. They forcibly pulled out his car keys from the ignition and searched the vehicle and found a black satchel bag containing $56 800.

The State alleges the suspects then grabbed the bag and car keys and then fled the scene in their getaway vehicles.

Cash amounting to $500 and three motor vehicles, a Mazda Familia, Toyota Altezza and a Mercedes Benz, were recovered from the suspects.

Mahwe remanded the matter to August 18.

Audry Chogumaira appeared for the State. www.newsday.co.zw

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