Chatunga phone ‘thieves’ in court

court hammerProsper Dembedza : Harare Bureau

THREE men accused of stealing a phone from President Robert Mugabe’s son, Chatunga Bellarmine, will stand trial on March 29. Victor Josam, 26, Tendai Makambaire, 30, and Kelvin Mwandayi, 27, briefly appeared before Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo yesterday for a routine remand.The trio is accused of stealing the 19-year-old’s iPhone 6 valued at $1,500 on November 7 last year.

Prosecutors say the three and an accomplice who is still at large hatched a plan to steal from unsuspecting students who were at a function at St John’s College in Harare.

The court heard that the trio allegedly proceeded to St John’s College in Borrowdale where they targeted Chatunga.

It is alleged that at one point Chatunga went to the bathroom in the company of his friend, Honour Mukudzei Rwodzi.

It is also alleged that Chatunga gave Rwodzi the iPhone as he entered the gents. The trio approached Rwodzi and misrepresented that they had been sent by Chatunga to collect his phone, it is alleged.

The court heard that Rwodzi allegedly handed over the iPhone to them after which they disappeared into the crowd.

Police were called leading to the arrest of the trio and recovery of the phone.


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