A 35-year-old armed robber was arrested after the Police tracked one of the complainant’s Samsung cellphones, which was stolen during the robbery, through a call log supplied by Econet Wireless.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Tafadzwa Kamandiyapa of Epworth Suburb in Harare will spend 15 years in prison after he was found guilty of robbery by the Chinhoyi Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that on 16 April 2022 at around 01:30 AM, Kamandiyapa (35), McDonald Chaka and 5 others who are still at large, broke into the complainant’s house at Shipton Farm in Banket.

The suspects used a bolt cutter to cut off the burglar bars on the dining room window.

They struck the complainant several times all over the body using a small axe and threatened to shoot him if he failed to comply with their demands.

The robbers demanded money and other valuables and the complainant complied and surrendered US$1 195.

The gang ransacked the house and loaded the complainant’s property onto their 3-tonne truck.

They also ordered the complainant to surrender 2 Samsung cellphones and the keys to his Ford Ranger vehicle and fled from the scene.

Police recovered the complainant’s vehicle on the same day dumped along Mapinga-Trelawney road.

The small axe which was used to assault the complainant was also recovered in the vehicle.

The Police tracked one of the complainant’s Samsung cellphones through a call log supplied by Econet Wireless, leading to its recovery from McDonald Chaka on 15 January 2024.

Further police investigations led to the recovery of several other items which included two laptops and a generator leading to the arrest of Kamandiyapa.

Kamandiyapa was sentenced to 20 years of which 5 years were suspended.