Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

Former VP Mujuru ordered to settle US$225k debt from 2015

By Staff Reporter THE Supreme Court has ordered former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her company, Ruzirun Investments to settle US$226 000 owed to a farming equipment procuring company, Peppy Motors owned by Sabrina and Tony Sarpo. Parties have been at loggerheads over the debt which has been outstanding since 2015. Following a protracted legal

Armed robbers hit Masvingo Inter Africa depot

By Masvingo Mirror POLICE in Masvingo are appealing for information leading to the arrest of five armed robbers who robbed an Inter Africa depot in the industrial area and got away with US$14 524 and ZAR13 450. Masvingo Police Spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa said the robbery happened last Wednesday around 1 am. The five robbers

JUST IN: Chivhu killer mom slapped with four life sentences; judge calls her a ‘highly dangerous criminal’ undeserving of a second chance

By Staff Reporter A Chivhu woman Emelda Marizani who killed all her four children in cold blood 2020 has been sentenced to life imprisonment by High Court judge Justice Munamato Mutevedzi. Marizani was charged with four murder counts and given four life sentences. The judge described the callous murder as heartbreaking and shocking. He said

Woes mount for pervert ex-CZI boss; loses property over judgement debt

By Staff Reporter IT NEVER rains but pours for former Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) chief executive Farai Bwatikona Zizhou who was ordered by the High Court to pay his ex-personal assistant Rita Marque Mbatha US$180 000 damages for sexual harassment in 2021. Zizhou has lost his property worth the same amount after failing to

High Court dismisses Biti’s request to approach Con Court again over assault case

By Staff Reporter THE High Court has dismissed an application by Harare East opposition lawmaker Tendai Biti who was seeking a review of an earlier ruling barring him from approaching the Constitutional Court in a matter he is charged with assault. Biti was seeking referral of his matter to the Constitutional court after Harare magistrate

Suspended ZRP officer implicated in armed robbery case

By Staff Reporter A rogue Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officer has been implicated in a case of armed robbery barely weeks after being nabbed for unlawful possession of a pangolin. In a statement, ZRP revealed that they had arrested four suspected armed robbers who upon investigations divulged information that implicated Constable Walter Chanhuwa, a police

Bikita man jailed 36 years for raping stepdaughter

By Staff Reporter A BIKITA man was last week jailed 36 years after he was convicted of raping his stepdaughter on several occasions. The paedophile whose identity cannot be revealed to protect the victim repeatedly raped his daughter whenever he was left to look after the girl and her siblings at Shumba village. The abuse

University drug peddler escapes jail; tells court he sold weed to help with living and education costs

By James Muonwa l Mashonaland West Correspondent A CHINHOYI University of Technology (CUT) student has been spared custodial sentence following his conviction for peddling dangerous drugs at campus. Rudairo Chifamba (25) appeared before Magistrate Chido Garwe this Wednesday at Chinhoyi Court Complex facing charges of unlawful possession of dagga as defined in section 157 (i)(a)

8 Zimbabweans and Zambian in court for stealing US$300k copper 

By James Muonwa l Mashonaland West Correspondent A GANG of nine alleged thieves, including a Zambian national, has been arraigned before a local magistrate for stealing a truckload of copper cathodes valued at US$316,299.39. Accused persons are Isheunesu Chihava (52), Silas Nyoni (36), David Guvheya (44), Nyukai Chiramba (37), and Edward Tichaona Mapiye (40). Others

CCC trio acquitted of threatening to kill Mwonzora; chief suspect put to his defence 

By James Muonwa l Mashonaland West Correspondent THREE of four Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) activists have been cleared of charges of threatening to kill MDC Alliance president, Douglas Mwonzora. Chinhoyi Magistrate Toendepi Zhou this Tuesday acquitted CCC security officer Justin Taurai Munyaradzi (38), provincial secretary Tawanda Bvumo (48), and Dyke Makumbi (48), a former

Three nabbed for illegal possession of leopard skins

By Staff Reporter POLICE has arrested three men for illegal possession of seven leopard skins in Victoria Falls. In a statement, police said the three were apprehended in an undercover operation. “On March 11, police in Victoria Falls arrested Lesley Maclaren Mashonganyika (39), Michael Dube (43) and Wilson Dzimbo (41) for illegal possession of seven Leopard

Arrested ZACC officer warned, granted $100k bail

By Staff Reporter SMART Mandofa, the Zimbabwe Anti-corruption Commission (ZACC) officer who was arrested last week for abuse of office has been warned and granted ZW$100 000 bail by Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje. Mundofa stands accused of criminal abuse of office after having interacted with businessman Gilad Shabtai, who stands accused of fraud. His interaction

Prince Willard Themba Dube is on trial for several murders in the Limpopo High Court. PHOTO: Philip Maeta, Gallo Images

Alleged Zimbabwe-born serial killer says SA cops planted evidence, forced confession

By News24 LIMPOPO – Alleged serial killer Prince Willard Themba Dube told the Limpopo High Court that the contents of his two confession statements were “a mixture of lies and the truth”. The statements – one taken down by a magistrate and another by a senior police officer after the pointing out of crime scenes – were a week

Army officer sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for robbery

By Staff Reporter A junior officer in the Zimbabwe National Army has been sentenced to an effective 8-year prison term after he was convicted for armed robbery. In a statement by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Kudakwashe Kamhinza (21), was arraigned before the Harare Magistrates Court facing charges of robbery. Allegations were that on October

Stranded man (20) sodomises boy at house he was offered room to sleep

By James Muonwa l Mashonaland West Correspondent A Darwendale man has been slapped with eight years imprisonment following his conviction for sodomising a boy with whom he shared a room for the night. Tanaka Nziradzebare (20) appeared before regional magistrate, Ignatius Mugova, this Thursday charged with aggravated indecent assault as defined in section 66 of

Top magistrate jailed 3 years for corruption

By James Muonwa l Mashonaland West Correspondent A PROVINCIAL magistrate based at Karoi, who removed three suspects from remand, has been convicted and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. Felix Chauromwe’s trial at Chinhoyi Court Complex came to a close this Thursday and was convicted on a criminal abuse of office charge as defined in Section

Trafficked 3-year-old reunited with mother

By Staff Reporter A THREE year-old who was trafficked to South Africa last year by her father and grandmother has been reunited with her mother.The girl was separated from her mother Charlene Gugulethu Moyo in December 2022 after her grandmother Clara Ndlovu asked her to visit in Bulawayo. Parties had agreed that the minor would be returned home towards the opening of schools

Mwonzora testifies as trial of 4 CCC activists who ‘threatened to kill’ him kicks off

By James Muonwa l Mashonaland West Correspondent THE trial of four Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) activists, who allegedly threatened to kill MDC Alliance president Douglas Mwonzora, kicked off at Chinhoyi Court Complex Tuesday with the opposition leader giving testimony. The accused quartet was recently let off the hook after the State admitted its ill-preparedness

Man slits father’s throat with sickle after release from jail

By Staff Reporter POLICE have arrested a Gokwe man in connection with the murder of his father barely a few months after he was released from prison. Bornface Siamakweza who was recently released fromWhawha prison, Gweru after serving four years for  attempting to kill his father Tokisi Siamakweza (69) was last week apprehended for the

ZACC nets Chinhoyi Municipality official for corruption

By James Muonwa l Mashonaland West Correspondent THE Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) on Monday arrested a Chinhoyi Municipality middle manager for allegedly manipulating council’s computer system to fraudulently create a rates account leading to unprocedural parcelling of land to a then councillor. Pellington Mumiriki, who is currently Information Technology (IT) manager, appeared Tuesday before