Harare – Two Chinese nationals who shot two people whom they mistook for armed robbers were each slapped with a three and a half-years-jail term by a Harare magistrate.
The two Chinese nationals who were jointly charged with Gamuchirai Zuze were all convicted of attempted murder.
Luo Tin Gpen (27) and Li Yize (27) were sentenced to three and a half years behind bars while Gamuchirai Nigel Zuze (23) was sentenced to two and a half years behind bars.
Of the trio’s sentence, nine months were suspended on condition that they do not commit a similar offence in the next five years.
On February 19, the trio shot and seriously wounded Kevin Guzah and Kudzai Nduku in Belgravia under the impression that they were the culprits who had robbed them.
The state successfully proved that, when Guzah and Nduku approached number 17 Lincoln Road, they heard a gunshot and immediately made a U-turn and drove towards a nearby service station in a bid to avoid being caught up in the fiasco.
Gpen, Yize and Zuze got into their Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle and began chasing after Guzah who lost control of his vehicle.
He rammed into a fuel pump before one of the suspects shot Nduku, who was on the passenger’s seat and assaulted her with a gun butt on the head.
Guzah jumped out of the vehicle and fell into a trench as he tried to flee the scene.
The trio rushed to the trench where they shot Guzah in the pelvis and right leg, before bundling him into the boot of their vehicle and took him to the police station, as Nduku remained behind writhing in agony.