A BULAWAYO businessman, Martin Tendai Shone is facing charges of robbing a city resident of property worth $1 100, appeared in the Bulawayo Regional Court on Monday and was further remanded to tomorrow.
Shone of Hillside, who runs a carwash and other businesses in the city, was not asked to plead to an armed robbery charge when he appeared before magistrate Gladmore Mushove.
The court heard that on June 28 at 1pm, Shone with Sikhulile Moyo, Bruce Ziyambi and Morgan Zulani Ndlovu, already in remand facing
a similar charge and the other four accomplices still at large planned to steal from a house along Circular Drive.
Shone allegedly drove his Mercedes-Benz to the house where he remained outside the gate while his colleagues in a Mazda Rustler entered the yard.
It is the State case that they robbed the occupants of the house of a safe which had $400, jewellery and a 357 Smith and Wesson revolver serial number 4k 94673 which they then loaded in the Madza Rustler and drove away.
Shone allegedly led the convoy to number 123 Main Street where he operates a carwash business.
He allegedly shared the loot with his colleagues while at his Steeldale business premises before going away.
The court heard that on July 26, Moyo, Ziyambi and Ndlovu were arrested in connection with the armed robbery.
Moyo allegedly led the detectives to the recovery of parts of the safe from Shone’s place.
Ziyambi also led the detectives to the recovery of the 357 Smith and Wesson revolver and jewellery.
Ndlovu led detectives to the recovery of the fire arms which were used in committing the crime. Shone was later arrested. Out of the total loot of $1 100, only property worthy $800 was recovered.