Car thief left for dead

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A Harare man who was implicated in participation in the #Shutdownzim demos has been set free by the court.

A Harare man suspected of stealing a car was left for dead after the tried to escape from his police who shot him leaving his intestines exposed appeared in court.

Tapiwa Nathan Prosper Gondo who has battling for his life since October left the court in awe when he appeared before Harare magistrate Ruramai Chitumbura.

Gondo who was narrating his action packed tale said his intestines were still exposed as he had not received any proper medication since his arrest.

Gondo needed assistance to communicate with the court as he could neither speak up nor walk.

When asked by the court on why Gondo had not received proper medication, Prosecuting, Sebastian Mutizirwa informed the court that he has since consulted prisons officer in charge, but court was not told of the outcome after the case was stood down to the end of roll for further management.

Gondo is being jointly charged with Tichaona Makumbe (28) and Ashton Kativhu aged 23.

The trio stands accused of stealing a Toyota Hilux belonging to Ignatius Kundayi Mapfumo (41) of Manresa Park in Harare.

They allegedly committed the offence on September 28 in Mufakose.

Court heard they connived to rob the complainant and threw an unknown object which made a loud bang on Mapfumo’s vehicle prompting him to stop.

It is alleged that Mapfumo stepped out of his car to check the cause of the loud noise when the trio pounced on him, assaulting him before they threatened to kill him if he ever tried to alert people.

It is the State’s case that they undressed him and threw him on the back seat where they ordered him to sit facing down.They searched his vehicle and pockets and stole $US85, $20 bond and two cell phones among other things.

The suspects took charge of the vehicle and drove along Bulawayo road and dumped the vehicle near Norton leaving the owner stranded around midnight. Mapfumo later untied himself and got help from some motorists.

He reported the case and investigations followed.

The police received information to the effect that Makumbe was driving the stolen car.

They tracked him and arrested him in Mbare. He led the police to Gondo and the other suspect.

Gondo tried to run away at the time of his arrest and was shot by the police in the stomach.

He was initially remanded in hospital.