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Update On Robber Who Paid US$10 000 Lobola With Crime Proceeds

Update On Robber Who Paid US$10 000  Lobola With Crime Proceeds

A lone armed robber who stole US$36 000 from a Harare home and used US$10 000 to pay lobola for his wife appeared in court on Monday.

Prosecutors alleged that for several months, Aaron Franscico Machona, 37, terrorised residents of Waterfalls in Harare – including shooting a woman in the head in front of her children.

Machona was charged with murder, attempted robbery, armed robbery and money laundering when he appeared before Harare magistrate Yeukai Dzuda.

Dzuda remanded him in custody to May 8 after advising him to apply for bail at the High Court.

Anesu Chirenje, for the National Prosecuting Authority, alleged that:

i). on December 9, 2021, at around 2 AM, Machona broke into a house on Woodlands Road in the Uplands area of Waterfalls, pointed a gun at Kelvin Mutundwa, 29, who had woken up to investigate the noise disturbance.

ii). He tied Mutundwa’s hands and legs before stealing US$2 which was in a drawer and three mobile phones. Machona ordered Mutundwa’s wife, Faith Muhuwa, to knock on one of the tenants’ bedrooms and pretend her child was having a medical emergency.

iii). the tenant, Hilary Marufu, 22, opened the door, and found a gun pointed at his head. Machona allegedly demanded valuables and made off with a mobile phone, two wristwatches, necklaces and two bucket hats.

iv). Machona also seized keys to a BMW 3 Series parked outside which he used as his gate-away car. It was later found dumped in Chitungwiza.

v). At around 1.45 AM on January 30, 20222, Machona allegedly broke into Mario Pepa’s home on Ruwa Avenue in Waterfalls, demanded cash from Pepa and his wife. Pepa wrestled Machona who shot through the asbestos roofing as a warning. Machona fled after seeing lights from an approaching vehicle.

vi). That same morning, at around 4 AM, pounced at another property at Picnic Park in Waterfalls where 43-year-old Shamiso Nhera – a housemaid – was alone. Nhera heard the dog barking and woke up to investigate only to be confronted by an armed man in the passage.

Machona allegedly force-marched Nhera to the bedroom where he blindfolded her. Machona allegedly stole:

  • a). two mobile phones,
  • b). two laptops
  • c). expensive perfumes.
  • d). a safe containing US$36,000 which was mounted inside a fitted wardrobe.

Machona removed Nhera’s blindfold and ordered her to carry the safe out of the house and she complied. After walking some 200 meters, Machona allegedly ordered Nhera to put down the safe, return to the house and never look back.

vii). On March 9, 2022, at midnight, Machona pounced on another house in Uplands, Waterfalls, where 31-year-old Jubilee Utsiwegota, her mother Mavis Utsiwegota, 78, and four children were sleeping. He violently assaulted Mavis with her own walking stick while demanding cash. She handed over US$60 and two mobile phones but Machona kept on the assault until Jubilee tried to restrain him. Machona shot her in the head and she died instantly.

viii). On April 13, around 2 AM, Machona broke into a house on Forbes Road in Uplands, pointed a gun at 50-year-old Archibald Nyikadzino and demanded cash. Nyikadzino handed over US$102. He ordered Nyikadzino to lead him to another room where 39-year-old Clifford Nyakudya was sleeping.  He ordered both Nyikadzino and Nyakudya to lie on the floor before taking three mobile phones and US$17. Machona then force-marched the two men into a third bedroom where Jorum Nyikadzino, 35, was sleeping. He took US$70 and a mobile phone.

ix). Machona used some of the proceeds of his crimes to pay lobola for his wife who has a Mozambican father and Zimbabwean mother. Machona travelled to Mozambique for the event, paying out US$10 000.

x). He also allegedly purchased a Toyota Runx vehicle and a residential stand at Unit C in Seke on which he built a three-roomed house.

Machona was arrested after police received information that he had been seen with a gun. When he was interrogated, he allegedly gave up information on his months-long one-man crime wave.

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XXX 3 weeks ago

Ngavataure kuti mukomana akanatso batwa maparts akatanga kutaura zvese not to write as if information was divulged voluntarily. Tikanatsokubata unotauraaa Beware Would Be Offenders !!! Forwarded if for armed !!!

DIRA RIZARE 3 weeks ago

Ndanga ndati ka chirega ndinoroora ndaita mari

dira hako rizare shamwari

Two byo 3 weeks ago

Homicide ikakupindira unotaura wega

vero 3 weeks ago

yes CID inokurova ukatadza kana kufamba but zvinongopora izvooo,ndakachengeta mari pakanaka inini,i just need a very good Lawyer ndomupa mari,thrn PP mari finaly magistrate mari i have faith on the judiciary of Zim vanongoda mari chete and i swear i wont use 3ks usd on that deal


BUOY 3 weeks ago

yeaaaaa uyu anovhura hombe.

police 3 weeks ago

Akabikwa nevakomana kusvika abvuma zvose zvaakaita. Usatamba nepolice yedu. Vano kupedzera

🚩 2 weeks ago

𝗡𝗴𝗼𝘇𝗶 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁 𝗵𝗶𝗺 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗸𝘂𝗿𝘂𝗯𝗶, 𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗸𝘂𝘄𝘂𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗮 𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗽𝗼 𝗸𝘄𝗮𝗸𝗼𝗻𝘇𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗮 𝗺𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗽𝗼

Machona 3 weeks ago

umm mamwe mazta so....Mutundo or Mutundwa ..whatever 😂😂

The King of Serpents 2 weeks ago

Kelvin Mu******

machina 3 weeks ago

dont worry abbt me mari ndakaisa pakanaka ndikupa Lawyer 2ks,PP 1ks ,CID 1ks magistraye 3ks

Zimbabwean 3 weeks ago

Akapa vakomana mari anobuda uyu

Zuze 3 weeks ago

Machona uye aakuzochonera kuChikurubi manje

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