A 20-year-old man, Llyod Bodo has been slapped with a five-year jail term after he was convicted of robbery.
Bodo was convicted by Mutare magistrate, Mr Tendai Mahwe after a full trial and was initially sentenced to five years behind bars before six months were suspended for five years on condition that he will not commit a similar offence within that period.
A further six months was suspended on condition that he restitutes $214 to the complainant, leaving Bodo to serve an effective four years.
In passing sentence, Mr Mahwe said cases of robbery are on the rise and custodial sentences are necessary to deter would-be offenders.
Facts leading to Bodo’s conviction are that on 6 February this year at Murapa Bar in Sakubva Mutare, Maxwell Muungani was drinking beer with Precious Nota whom he entrusted with his phone and EcoCash pin.
Nota who was working in cahoots with Bodo and two others was sent by Muungani to go and purchase beer but failed to return.
The court heard that Muungani went to relieve himself and was attacked by Bodo and his accomplices, including Nota.
Bodo and his accomplices then robbed Muungani of his mobile phone and they withdrew money from his EcoCcash account sharing it amongst themselves.
Bodo was later arrested after they committed another robbery in the city where Muungani’s phone was recovered.
Chris Munyuku represented the state.