CHIREDZI – Two Chiredzi armed robbers were overpowered by their would-be victims resulting in one of them falling off from a moving vehicle and sustaining serious injuries.
Samson Paradzai (24) is in a critical condition and is unable to talk after his head hit the tarmac. He failed to attend his remand hearing on attempted robbery charges at Chiredzi Magistrates' Court last week because of his condition.
It is the State case that Decent Chibememe of Chibememe Village under Chief Gudo in Chiredzi (25) and Paradzai of Checheche got a lift along Chiredzi-Ngundu Road on April 10, 2017. The two then attempted to rob the owner of his car and cash using a pistol.
Paradzai and Chibhememe were supposed to appear before Magistrate Tafadzwa Mhlanga but Paradzai did not turn up as he was hospitalised at Chiredzi Hospital under Police guard.
Rwatipedza Zireva and Joseph Chigudu were driving to Mkwasine along Ngundu – Chiredzi Road when they picked the two accused at Lyonaise Bus Stop. After travelling for 1,6km one of the suspects produced a pistol and pointed it at Chigudu ordering him to stop the motor vehicle.
The vehicle stopped and Chibememe and Chigudu demanded cash from Chigudu and Zireva but it was during that moment when Chigudu got a chance and grabbed the pistol.
A struggle ensued between the four and Chibememe and Paradzai were overpowered and disarmed. Paradzai fell from the moving vehicle on the tarred road during the commotion where he received serious injuries to the head.
Paradzai and Chibememe were handed over to the Police by Zireva and Chigundu and they were taken to hospital under Police guard.
Magistrate Mhlanga remanded Chibememe and Paradzai in custody and they will appear again on April 27, 2017. Doubt Phiri prosecuted.