Fungai Lupande Court Reporter
A Mbare man allegedly teamed up with two others to kill his friend and former workmate, a security guard who was manning Amalgamated Motor Corporation (AMC) premises, by striking him with an axe before looting the company’s property. Jackson Chigwasa (23), Benjamin Zulu (30) and Macdonald Matorera (30) loaded their loot in a Mazda CX7 they stole in the AMC garage which they later dumped a few metres from the crime scene.
The trio appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe facing murder charges and were denied bail.
Prosecutor Ms Sharon Mashavira alleged that on August 1 this year, the trio teamed up and went to AMC at No. 16 Edison Crescent, Graniteside, in Harare.
Chigwasa was a friend and former workmate to the now deceased security guard, Isaiah Munaki.
It is alleged that on the fateful day, Chigwasa knocked at AMC’s gate and Munaki opened for him before the pair proceeded to a Mazda Familia parked in the yard.
The court heard that while the two were relaxing in the vehicle, Zulu and Matorera were busy scaling a pre-cast wall at the premises.
The trio allegedly manhandled Munaki and tied his neck with a yellow and red belt.
One of the accused then struck Munaki with a sharp axe on the left cheek and right side of the head, killing him in- stantly.
It is alleged that the trio forced open a window and used a metal bar to break locks inside the workshop.
They allegedly stole HTC cellphones, a Wiztech decoder, eight computer keyboards, eight HP monitors, seven HP computers, HP printer’s and keys to a Mazda CX7, among other valuables.
The trio loaded their loot in the Mazda vehicle and drove for a few metres before the vehicle stalled.
Chigwasa, Zulu and Matorera transferred their loot to another stolen vehicle, a Nissan Almera, and drove off.
The following day, the Nissan Almera was discovered parked near Matererini Flats in Mbare.
Fingerprints were taken from the vehicle and on August 16 Chigwisa was arrested following a tip-off and implicated Zulu and Matorera.
The murder weapon was recovered among some of the stolen property.