Byo criminal gang arrested again

Byo criminal gang arrested again
Published: 06 January 2012 (7026 Views)
THE four men who were arrested last month for circulating fake notes with which they went on a buying spree around Bulawayo have been arrested once again for theft, assault and attempted murder, state controlled Chronicle reported.

Thabani Ndlovu (43), of Block 2/59666 Iminyela Flats, Johannes Ndlovu (29), of Block 7/9844 Iminyela Flats, Mark Dube (29), whose address was not given and Blessing Luzhi (27), of Block 16/4751 Mpopoma were initially arrested on 14 December after evading police for more than six months.

The four have been out of custody on varying amounts of bail for a total of 30 counts of fraud after initially appearing in court on 15 December.

Ndlovu, Johannes, Dube and Luzhi were arrested again last week after the complainants from whom they bought goods using fake notes opened fresh charges of theft, assault and attempted murder which they committed in the process.

The four were not formally charged when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Mr Shepherd Mjanja to answer to the charges.
They were all remanded in custody to 18 January.

For the State, Mr Tinashe Dzipe told the court that on 20 July, the quartet allegedly went to Ms Sukoluhle Ncube’s house in Magwegwe and bought six strips of airtime recharge cards and six trays of eggs with a combined value of $51.

They paid using a fake $100 note and were given $49 change.

When Ms Ncube realised that the money was fake and tried to reason with them, the court heard that they teamed up and started assaulting her with fists and booted feet all over the body and fled from the scene.

She sustained a minor radical dislocation, swollen left wrist and severe pain on the left side of the waist.

On 9 September they went to Anastasia Gumbo of 16687 Nkulumane 12 with the intention of defrauding her using the same modus operandi.

While they were still calculating money using her phone, Ndlovu allegedly stole the phone and they went away with it.

On 22 November the four accused allegedly drove to Ms Regina Chirimbani’s place of residence in New Luveve where they bought some goods using a counterfeit $100 note and were given change in real money.

When Ms Chirimbani realised the money was fake, they allegedly fled into their car and Ndlovu allegedly drove at high speed and in the process ran over her feet thereby injuring her.

They now face attempted murder charges after she sustained serious injuries.

It is suspected that hundreds of Bulawayo residents might have lost their hard-earned cash to the well orchestrated tactics of the alleged fraudsters who would buy goods using counterfeit $100 notes and get change in real money.

The suspected gang has been terrorising  people for the past six months where  they are alleged to have been driving around suburbs buying goods that included mostly  dressed chicken, eggs, clothes and other basic commodities.

The court also ordered the four to restitute complainants the different amounts of money they defrauded them.

- Chronicle

Tags: arrested,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Knox Mutizwa wins August Goal of the Month award

by kickoff | 05 November 2018 | 605 Views

BREAKING: Gandawa on the run

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1168 Views

Econet cannot distribute Kwese TV content to Zimbabwean viewers

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 912 Views

Shoot-out robbers arrested

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 960 Views

Mnangagwa ally warns economic saboteurs

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 942 Views

Chamisa mobilises supporters for mass protests

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 753 Views

LISTEN: Acie Lumumba speaks on how he got paid

by Staff Reporter | 05 November 2018 | 620 Views

Dzamara speak on Zanu-PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 597 Views

Minister Raj Modi Modi donates salary

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 482 Views

'I am a Trillionaire' Magaya says

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 812 Views

Supermarkets to be blacklisted over cooking oil

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 527 Views

UK army to recruit from Commonwealth

by BBC | 05 November 2018 | 534 Views

Magaya opens up on arrest

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 528 Views

Kambarami is still 'Deputy Mayor'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 417 Views

'Import ban must not go beyond December 21'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 500 Views

Prophet Magaya puts fresh spin to arrest

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 499 Views

Chamisa's sign language interpreters get thumps up

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 469 Views

Mnangagwa to review Mthuli Ncube's 2% tax again

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 465 Views

Lumumba to be probed by ZAAC?

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 342 Views

Dzamara speak on ZANU PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 304 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Minister of Finance Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 479 Views

Chiwenga's ex-wife looted millions

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 792 Views

We are our own worst enemies

by Mapozho Saruchera | 05 November 2018 | 533 Views

Mnangagwa to deal with unexplained wealth and bank deposits

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 519 Views

WATCH: Chiwenga talks about Prophet Walter Magaya's lipstick

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 498 Views

Lumumba Saga takes new twist....War vets bay for Mutsvangwa's blood

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 587 Views

Chamisa demands Presidency

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 470 Views

Zimbabwean teachers miss out on New Zealand opportunity

by Staff Writer | 05 November 2018 | 406 Views

Zimbabwe to introduce e-provisional driver's exams

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 445 Views

Zimbabwe to supply water to South Africa

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 442 Views

Mnangagwa claims that 'good times will soon roll'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 431 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Hon. Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 480 Views

Chiyangwa appoint Karikoga Kaseke

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 426 Views

ZCTU demo: Ruling today

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 382 Views

Missing cop found dead

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 494 Views

Tagwirei marries long-time girlfriend

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 755 Views

Zimbabwe relaxes maternity leave entitlement

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 455 Views

Zimbabwe to receive drugs, ambulances from India

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 380 Views