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Armed robber loses privates during shoot-out with police

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By Court Reporter


A NOTORIUS armed robber, linked to a spate of robberies targeting businesses in Harare, lost his privates during a shootout with the police in Waterfalls last Thursday.

Godfrey Josi (35) was shot in the perineum (the area between the anus and the scrotum) and had his productive system damaged.

He is currently receiving treatment at Parirenyatwa Hospital while in handcuffs.

Josi is being charged together with Austin Ncube (27), Harmony Nyathi (29), Polite Madamombe (34), Wisdom Tariro (22) and Sangulani Chikumbutso (38).

Prosecuting, Sebastian Mutizirwa denied the suspects bail saying their accomplices are yet to be apprehended.

“There is a possibility that if granted bail, they will regroup and continue committing crimes.

“The accused are a flight risk. They do not have permanent addresses. They sometimes reside in neighbouring countries like South Africa hence if granted bail they will be difficult to locate,” said Mutizirwa.

Magistrate Rumbidzai denied the gang members bail saying they were likely to commit similar offences if freed.

Prior to the shootout, the gang had shot a police officer, Prince Gwashure in the groin after stealing cash from a Mukuru.com branch in Chitungwiza.

Josi was allegedly involved in a $2 million heist at a Chinese firm, PHI Holdings in Aspindale early this year.

He was granted bail by the High Court before he went fugitive only to find himself back in the hands of the law enforcement agents during the shoot-out incident.
He was freed together with Tariro who is answering to another armed robbery charge using the name Wisdom Solomon.

Solomon is also part of the gang which terrorised farm and business owners in areas surrounding Harare together with Luckmore Chibira who recently caused a stir in court when he demanded to be given the head of a leopard.

Court heard that after they were bailed by the High Court, Josi, Sanyika and accomplices went on to commit six robberies last month.

On one instance, they were driving a Mercedes Benz, E240 when they went to Simbarashe Maphosa and Josephy Majoni’s workplace in Stoneridge.

Court heard the pair sell cement and have a Lafarge container.

It is alleged the suspects approached the two and fired three shots, injuring Maphosa in the stomach while Majoni was shot on the right knee.

They allegedly searched the two and got away with $US1 200.

The suspects also went to a house in Glen Norah A where they stole $6 550 after assaulting Stella Ruvengo, who stays at the house together with Tatenda Mugweni.

They allegedly stole $US494 and $364 in bond notes from Mukuru.com, Chitungwiza.