After being ambushed by a vicious gang, who then held his girlfriend hostage before raping her, a man was shot three times in the head.
When they were attacked, the pair was in a vehicle on Lomagundi Road.
One of the suspects, who is also facing charges for armed robbery and attempted murder, made a court appearance yesterday and was charged with new murder, robbery, and rape.
Tapiwa Mbirimi came before Stanford Mambanje, a magistrate, who placed him under arrest until May 15 till the inquiry was completed.
According to testimony given in court, Mbirimi and his unnamed accomplice accosted the now-deceased Tendai Kandendu on November 19, last year.
He was in the company of his girlfriend and they were sitting in their parked vehicle along Lomagundi Road in Harare.
Mbirimi was armed with a pistol while his accomplice had a knife.
They attacked the couple, demanding money.
Kandendu fought back and reached for his gun, which was in the car.
Mbirimi and Archford wrestled Kandendu and took his gun and shot him THREE times in the head, killing him instantly.
They then took Kandendu’s girlfriend hostage and stole the couple’s phones and US$300.
Mbirimi dragged the girl to a nearby bush and raped her.
He then told her to seek assistance from a nearby house before disappearing into the darkness.
Lancelot Mutsokoti appeared for the State.
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