Corpun file 19411
The Guardian, Dar es Salaam, 14 July 2007
Four armed robbers sentenced to 30 years
By Charles Masayanyika
The Manyara Resident Magistrate's Court
yesterday sentenced four people to 30 years in jail with 12
strokes of the cane each after convicting them of armed robbery
and being found in possession of stolen property.
The resident magistrate, Huruma Shaidi, set free three other
persons who were jointly charged with the convicts for lack of
The four who were sentenced include Elibariki Asoraeli, alias,
Kisali (36), Mohamed Dominick (30), both residents of Poli-Ndatu
Village, Humphrey Langali (24) a resident of Nduruma and Muslimu
Saidi (26) alias Cheupe, or Shabani, and also Jimmy, a resident
Those set free are Kanaeli Emanuel, a resident of Ndatu, Mussa
Mohamedi (24), a resident of Nambara Village and Rahel Noeli (31)
who is the wife of convicted Kisali.
It was alleged in court by the prosecutor, Assistant Inspector of
Police, Evodius Kasigwa, that the accused committed the offence
on August 25, last year at 10pm at Lemshuku Village in Simanjiro
District, Manyara Region.
Kasigwa alleged that on the material day, the accused who were
armed, broke into the office of Evergreen Exploration Co. Ltd
owned by a French national, Mark Saul, and stole various items
worth millions of shillings.
He alleged that before stealing, they gravely injured an employee
of the company, Jonathan Traves, by slashing him with machetes
causing him grievous harm that warranted his admission to Mount
Meru Hospital in Arusha, and subsequent referral to Kenya for
Kasigwa alleged that the stolen properties include an 'Air' type
gun worth 300,000/-, a 'Moesbarg' No 203735 worth 800,000/-, 35
rounds of ammunition valued at 35,000/-, a 'Thuraya' cell phone
worth 1m/-, a Dstv decoder valued at 250,000/- and 5m/- in cash,
all valued at 6.6m/-.
He claimed that after committing the robbery, the accused were
arrested at different times and brought before the court for the
first time on September 6, last year before Magistrate Shaidi
where they pleaded not guilty.
A total of 14 witnesses were brought in by the prosecution, while
some of the stolen items were tendered in court as exhibits.
Before the sentence the prosecution called for stiffer sentences
as a deterrent to the spate of armed robbery in Mirerani mining
Delivering judgment, Magistrate Shaidi sentenced the four to 30
years in jail and 12 strokes of the cane each; six on entry and
six others on leaving the prison.
The court also ordered one 'Honda CC 250' motorcycle with
registration number T582AMX and a 'Honda CC 250’ with
registration number T783ANV, (found with fake registration number
TZQ7956), which were used in the robbery incident, to be
auctioned. The court also ordered the stolen weapons to be
returned to the lawful owner.
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