A HARARE man who recently graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Zimbabwe was Tuesday sentenced to five years in jail after he pleaded guilty to robbing a taxi driver of his car, cash and mobile phone.
Regional magistrate Adonia Masawi sentenced Stephen Nyapokoto to eight years in prison but suspended three years on condition of good behaviour.
The court heard that last Friday, Nyapokoto went to Manresa shops in Mabvuku armed with a kitchen knife and approached Lloyd Paza who was parked by the shops waiting for passengers.
Nyapokoto lied that he wanted to be taken to Silveira House where he wanted to pick up his sick mother. He got into the vehicle and occupied the front passenger seat and, along the way, produced the knife and threatened to stab Paza.
Paza later managed to set himself free and rushed to Lafarge Cement firm where he contacted the owner of the vehicle, Tafadzwa Masendeke, who managed to locate the vehicle through the tracking system.
Nyapokoto was arrested in Chitungwiza while ferrying passengers using the vehicle.
In aggravation, prosecutor Liberty Gono said: “If people are allowed to live their lives the way the accused person wants to live his, then the society will not have peace and the courts must put a stop to that.
“The accused is a graduate and he is able-bodied, therefore, his actions show that he is just lazy. He needs to be taught that crime does not pay.”
Nyapokoto pleaded for the court’s lenience during mitigation, saying that he only wanted to use the car to get some cash and return it to its owner.