Two Bulawayo robbers have been sentenced to 29 years each for car theft after they pleaded guilty to two separate cases of car hijacking and assault.
A Bulawayo regional magistrate Mrs Sibongile Msipa-Marondedze sentenced Brian Masawi (24) and Clement Moyo (21) to 29 years in imprisonment each today after their own plea of guilty.
The state led by Miss Consy Moyo had argued that on the 28th of August this year, the car jackers hired a taxi driver Christopher Nsingo to Khumalo and promised to make a payment upon arrival at the said destination.
On arrival, Moyo dropped off at a homestead in Khumalo claiming to collect the taxi fare, while Masawi remained in the car.
Masawi then strangled the victim with a rope and threw him out of the vehicle.
The victim tried to resist but the two robbers struck him with a machete on the right hand and threatened to kill him if he persisted on making noise.
Moyo and Masawi dragged the victim into the bush, tied his hands, legs and mouth using his jacket, and belt before driving away with his car.
In a separate incident, the two robbers entered a taxi driver’s homestead in Nkulumane and stole his vehicle, cash and other gadgets.
When the victim reported the case it led to the arrest of the two car jackers who led the police to where they had burnt the victim’s car in order to destroy evidence.