BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
A SOLDIER, Raymond Negomo Dzapasi (34), has been arrested and arraigned before the courts facing an armed robbery charge.
Dzapasi of B1 Mechanised Battalion, Inkomo Barracks, on Saturday appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi who remanded him in custody to August 25.
He was advised to approach the High Court for bail.
Two of his accomplices, Edmore Makarimai and Pheneas Mukandidzi had already appeared before the courts to answer to a robbery charge under case number CRB HREP 7127/21, while two more, Bright Munduka and another only identified as Hwenjere are still at large.
They are accused of masterminding an armed robbery in Harare where they went away with property worth US$2 050. Property worth US$330 was recovered.
The soldier was implicated by his accomplices, who were arrested while in possession of some of the stolen property.
Meanwhile, two other suspected armed robbers Tichaona Dera (28) and Benard Simbarashe Kurira (41) also appeared before magistrate Dennis Mangosi on Saturday charged with armed robbery.
On July 1 this year, they allegedly stole a handbag containing US$560 from a house in Mandara,
They allegedly manhandled the complainant and his wife and demanded US$16 000 before stealing clothes and cellphones, which they loaded into the complainant’s Honda Fit vehicle and drove off.
The vehicle was later recovered in Sunningdale 2, Harare.
On August 12, detectives received information that Brighton Masamvi was using one of the stolen cellphones. A follow up was made leading to Masamvi’s arrest. Masamvi then implicated Dera and Kurira.