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    Notorious Gweru highway robber gets 53 years




    SHARON NYAYA

    GWERU
    - A 31-year-old robber who attacked six women on different occasions and raped one of them after giving them lifts to different destinations including Harare, Kwekwe, Masvingo and Shurugwi has been jailed for 53 years.
    Martin Mabvumba of Mkoba 14 Gweru faced six counts of robbery and one count of rape when appeared before Gweru Regional Magistrate Morgan Nemadire.
    His attempts to act senile were ignored by the magistrate who even ordered him to be removed from the court and receive his sentence in absentia.
    He got 10 years on count one, 15 years on count two and three, 10 years on count four, 10 years on count five and 10 years on count 6 of which 10 years were suspended on condition of good behavior for the next five years.
    Effectively, Mabvumba will save 43 years in prison.
    Mabvumba pretended to be mentally retarded in court. He murmured to himself and tried to throw a chair at the Magistrate.
    The court was adjourned for about 15 minutes but still Mabvumba wasn't stable, he was then removed from court and sentenced in absentia.
    On July 20 last year, Mabvumba was on his way to Gweru and he gave a lift to Mildred Fari and just after the Gweru–Kwekwe tollgate, he turned right into a dust road and into a bush, he produced a knife and demanded cash and cell phone. Mabvumba left his victim stranded at the scene.
    Prosecutor Kelvin Guveya said on July 22, 2014 Mabvumba offered a lift to another victim from Gweru to Harare and after the Gweru-Kwekwe tollgate the accused turned left into a dust road and used the same trick against her.
    This time he raped his victim.
    In July last year Mabvumba offered a lift to Rumbidzai Chinyau from Gweru to Masvingo and after the Shurugwi tollgate he turned right into a dust road. He again robbed his victim but Chinyau managed to master the registration number of the car that was used by Mabvumba and she made a report to the Police.
    Mabvumba also offered a lift to Felistus Moyo from Gweru to Shurugwi and after the tollgate he turned right into a dust road and robbed his passenger.
    Mbvumba offered a lift to Linia Nkiwane from Gweru to Kwekwe and also robbed her.
    On July 25 Police picked Mabvumba's nephew Lewis Mashave at OK Gweru driving the accused's car and this led to the arrest of Mabvumba. local news

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