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A pirate taxi crew was on Friday sentenced to 12 years each in prison for robbing passengers of their valuables and cash amounting to $600 at knife-point on different occasions.

Leon Hunda (20), Tonderai Mushakwe (19) and Given Mahowa (24) used a Toyota Raum to commit the offences. They would target mostly women. The trio pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery when it appeared before magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe.

Mr Mahwe sentenced the trio to 12 years in prison each before setting aside two years on condition of good behaviour. Two more years were suspended on condition they restitute $600 to the four complainants on or before March 31, leaving them with eight years each behind bars.

If they fail to restitute the complainants, the three will serve 10 years each.

Prosecutor Ms Patience Chimusaru had implored the court to impose a lengthy custodial sentence.

“Your worship, these three should be removed from society. It is quite clear that they have been committing offences of this nature for a long time and not getting caught. These offences are on the increase hence the courts should send a clear message to would-be-offenders.

“Fine or community service will trivialise the offence and only a lengthy custodial sentence would meet the justice of this offence,” she said.

Meanwhile, a Chitungwiza man will spend the next two years behind bars after he was convicted of using the “chadonha” trick to steal $150 from his victim.

Patrick Mubayiwa (36) took Lucky Tambo to a secluded place and suggested they pray before sharing the money they had picked.

While they were “praying” Mubayiwa’s accomplices emerged from the bush and assaulted Tambo before robbing him.

“Chadonha” trick is when the criminal drops ordinary paper cut to size of money and stashed between genuine notes in front of a targeted victim. The victim is then lured to a secluded place with prospects of sharing the money . He or she will be made to surrender cash in his or her possession to avoid mixing the money with that “found”.

Source : The Herald