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A SERIAL Shurugwi armed robber-cum-carjacker has slapped with a cumulative 84-year jail sentence after being convicted for 22 counts of armed robber.

Kenneth Ndlovu, 25, of Dosert Resettlement area in Shurugwi denied all the 22 counts of armed robbery and possessing a fire arm without a license when he appeared before Gweru Regional Magistrate, Morgan Nemadire.

Blamed for a spate of robberies around the Midlands province, Ndlovu will however serve an effective 40 years after some of the counts were given a concurrent sentence.

Prosecutors said over a period extending from June 2013 year to February this year, Ndlovu and three accomplices, Jameson Malunga, Brilliant Mabwe and Cosmas Sayi robbed shops, supermarkets clinics and pharmacies using a pistol stolen from Nembudziya police station in Gokwe North.

The gang also stole four cars in Gweru after pouncing on taxi drivers and would use the vehicles as getaway cars before dumping them. They said to have got away with money and property valued at $25,619 during their robbery spree.

In one incident on Christmas day last year, Ndlovu and his accomplices pounced on a Delta delivery at Nyaradza business centre around 4am where they shot Godwin Mabhuro of Mbizo in Kwekwe, who was employed Delta, on his left arm before getting away with property worth over $1,000.

They are said to have arrived at the business centre driving a Toyota Raum and opened fire at Mabhuro who was in the company of fellow employees, James Madyiwa and Tamuka Dzavo before speeding away with their loot.

Several shops and clinics in Gweru also later fell victim to them gang until Ndlovu was arrested after police received a tip off from members of the public who spotted him in possession of a P1 pistol while drinking beer at a local bar in the company of a friend.

Meanwhile, Midlands province police chief, Assistant Commissioner Musarashana Mabunda said the sentience served as a warning to armed robbers and other would-be offenders.

“We are impressed with the sentence because it shows that the judiciary is determined to reduce and eradicate crime. It also serves as a warning to other offenders,” he said.

Source : New Zimbabwe