Crime & courts

Suspects accuse detectives of missing target

TWO suspected armed robbers, arrested along the Harare-Mutare road following a police shoot-out moments after allegedly robbing a motorist of US$113 000, claimed detectives from CID Homicide aimed at the wrong target and planted evidence in their car as cover up upon realising they had shot and injured innocent people.


Charles Sangare (57) and Mayedzenga (52), both of Chitungwiza, claim they were on their way to a funeral wake in Chendambuya when the detectives from CID Homicide allegedly mistook them for armed robbers and shot them.

Sangare and Mayedzenga made the claims in the bail application filed at the High Court by lawyer Mr Tawanda Takaindisa.


The two are charged with armed robbery.


The State had it that on June 17 at around 9pm and at Bromley along Harare-Mutare road, the duo along with others who are still at large were driving a Honda CRV (ACF3946).


It is the State’s case that they then blocked a motorist who was driving an unregistered Honda Fit and shot him in the left arm, forcing him to stop.

They allegedly fired several shots in the air demanding money before they robbed him of US$113 000 and other belongings and drove towards Marondera.


It is said they left the Honda Fit some 6km away from the robbery scene.


Sangare and Mayedzenga were arrested near Eagle Tanning along Harare-Mutare road and were allegedly found in possession of 2×12 bore rounds of ammunition, 2x9mm live ammunition in their car.


The two, in their bail application, denied ever possessing ammunition or guns saying the police planted them in a bid to cover up their mistake.


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