Masked knife-wielding robbers recently pounced on Hwange Coronation Service Station, owned by the Hwange Colliery Company, where they beat up workers and stabbed one of them in the process, before getting away with $70.
The issue was heard at the Hwange Magistrates’ Court by magistrate Portia Mhlanga when one of the three alleged robbers Zimowa Newton Mzimukulu (32) of Hwange appeared before her yesterday.
Mzimukulu’s alleged accomplices; Narani Mathe and Kudakwashe Manyenje are still at large following the robbery.
He was not asked to plead and the magistrate remanded the matter to September 4 for trial.
Prosecutor Tompei Mbiza said the complainant in the matter was Hwange Colliery Company represented by Lucia Chikoti, an administration clerk.
It is the State case that on August 17 2015, Mzimukulu in the company of Mathe and Manyenje went to Hwange Colliery’s Coronation Service Station wearing woollen mask hats and cotton gloves.
They entered into Coronation Garage Superette. One of them struck Newell Mpofu with a broomstick on the face while the other stabbed Lenias Ncube on the left shoulder once with a kitchen knife.
They demanded money from the cash box. Chikoti refused to give them the cash, resulting in one of the criminals grabbing money from the till before taking to their heels. The security guards gave the thieves a chase with the assistance of the public.
They managed to apprehend Mzimukulu whom they found in possession of the knife, a woolen mask hat and a pair of cotton gloves.
Manyenje and Mathe managed to escape and in the process dropped $112 out of the $182 they had looted.
The matter was reported to the police.