A WATERFALLS man who reportedly terrorised female motorists by smashing car windows at robot-controlled intersections before grabbing valuables appeared in court yesterday.
Beaven T Geza, 32 of 4301 Ushewekunze Housing Co-operative, Waterfalls in Harare appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe charged with six counts of theft. He was remanded in custody to today for his bail application.
Prosecutor Idah Maromo alleged that on March 26 the complainant was driving a Pajero along Rekai Tangwena Avenue in Harare. She stopped at a robot-controlled intersection of Rekai Tangwena and Bishop Gaul Avenues to give way to oncoming traffic and suddenly Geza appeared and he smashed the front passenger window and snatched a beige handbag.
Geza fled the scene with complainant’s Samsung tablet, HP laptop, cosmetics, cell phone and $800. The following day, Geza went to Simon Mazorodze Road in Harare to target female motorists.
He approached a lady-driven Honda-Team that had stopped at a robot and smashed the front passenger window before snatching a black handbag.
It is further alleged that on April 9 around 8pm, the third complainant was driving a Nissan X-trail and stopped at a robot at the intersection of Rotten Row and Bishop Gaul Avenues.
Geza suddenly appeared from the darkness and broke the passenger window before grabbing a smart phone that was on the dash board.
On the fourth occasion, Geza tried to hijack the complainant’s motor vehicle but his efforts were in vain after the woman started the car and drove off at high speed.
He, however, managed to grab a handbag that contained a laptop, $132 and a Bible. Geza used the same modus operandi and terrorised motorists at the intersections of Drummond Chaplin Avenue and Bishop Gaul Avenue and Lobengula Street and Coventry Road, respectively.
Investigations led to the recovery of one of the cellphones that was stolen during Geza’s escapades. He was arrested on June 9 at his house after being shot on the leg while fleeing arrest.
A paper bag containing 41 pieces of spark plugs used to smash windows was recovered from his house.
One of the complainants positively identified her handbag which was recovered at Geza’s home.