Robbers up for murder
9 October 2018
TWO robbers were dragged to court to answer to two counts of murder yesterday.
Francis Alimoso and Day Kaseke were not asked to plead when they appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.
The State alleges that on September 14 the duo together with their accomplices who are still at large hatched a plan to rob in Epworth.
They proceeded to Muza Shopping Centre where they appeared as genuine travellers looking for transport.
They asked for transport from the late Kelvin Karasa, who was driving a government Isuzu KB50 vehicle on the pretext that they were going to Ruwa.
When they got to Mara Farm in Epworth, one of them indicated that he had arrived at his destination so Karasa stopped the vehicle and suddenly one of the accused grabbed the now deceased by the throat.
The robbers searched him and robbed him of $82 in cash, a satchel containing returns of service that he had processed that day, his cell phone and also demanded his Ecocash pin.
They cut the vehicle seats and dragged the now deceased for about 50 meters into the bush where they sliced his suit and used it to blindfold him as well as to tie his hands from behind and tied him on a tree in the bush.
After tying him onto a tree they struck his head and took his car which they dumped in the CBD the next day.
Karasa’s decomposing body was found for days later by a person who was looking for firewood who made a report to the police.
A post mortem was undertaken at Parirenyatwa where it was concluded that he died from mechanical asphyxia, air occlusion, manual strangulation and suffocation.
In the second count, the duo together with their accomplices, flagged down the now deceased Isheanesu Kadenge in Norton who was on his way from Sandringham with a Toyota Ipsum, posing as genuine travellers going to Harare.
When they got to Lake Chivero turn off, one of them indicated that he had arrived at his destination and as Kadenge stopped, they pounced on him and tied him up.
They searched him and stole his two phones and demanded his Ecocash pin number.
They dragged him into a nearby bush and cut off his clothes which they used to blindfold him and to tie him onto a tree before striking him on his head.
They drove off in his car which they used in the CBD to rob four other people of cash and phones before dumping the victims in the bush at Mbizi Game Park.
On October 4, detectives doing the matter received information that the duo and their friends were involved in the matter leading to the arrest of Alimoso who later implicated Kaseke and four others who are still at large.