Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

Illicit drug sales are increasing

Two Zambians caged for illicit drug trade in Bulawayo

By Bulawayo Correspondent A Bulawayo magistrate on Friday convicted and fined two Zambians for possessing and selling unregistered drugs to vendors in Bulawayo. Kasonde Francis Mwamba (50), of house number CB Njube, Bulawayo, and Dube Kanjela (40) of Ma 250 Malamba, Livingstone, Zambia appeared before Bulawayo provincial magistrate, Franklin Mkwananzi charged with contravening the Medicines

An apostolic sect prophet. Many have died at such shrines

Self styled prophet nabbed for patient’s death

By Bulawayo Correspondent A self-styled Bulawayo prophet, Senzeni Jiyane on Thursday appeared before a Bulawayo magistrate charged with causing the death of a four year old child whom he was “healing”. Jiyane appeared before Bulawayo provincial magistrate, Franklin Mkwananzi together with the child‘s mother, Lindiwe Ncube who is also facing similar charges. Magistrate Mkwananzi granted

Man, 22, strangles father to death; tries to pretend it was suicide

By Mary Taruvinga A 22-YEAR-OLD Chitungwiza man reportedly strangled his father to death over an undisclosed dispute and tried to stage-manage a suicide in a bid to cover-up the murder. Ngonidzashe Albert Chiwa was this Monday hauled before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa who denied him bail. According to prosecutors, after killing his father, Richard Pascal

Armed robbers terrorise gold producers; two mines raided in 48 hours

By Staff Reporter MUTARE: A gang of 10 armed men last week targeted Haig Mine in Odzi and got away with huge amount of gold ore which was locked in the company’s safe room. Police confirmed the incident, saying robbers were now targeting mines across the province. Manicaland ZRP provincial spokesperson, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa said

Randy grandpa, 76, stabbed and beaten up by younger lover for demanding sex

By Audience Mutema HARARE: 76-year-old  Martin Madziva of Crowhill, Borrowdale, was left nursing his wounds after being stabbed his 38-year-old girlfriend for demanding sex, a magistrate heard this week. The lover, Evelyn Musonza, who also resides in Borrowdale, was Wednesday hauled before the courts for the savage attack on her cradle snatcher. Court heard she

Webster Shamu (right) arrives at the courts for the trial

PROTESTS: Arsonists who targeted Shamu’s business jailed five years each; sentence delivered at 9pm in fast-track trial

By Mary Taruvinga SIX suspected Zanu PF activists were last week jailed five years each for torching a ZUPCO bus, looting former minister’s Webster Shamu’s business and setting one of his trucks on fire. The convicts were part of the hundreds of people arrested after the deadly violence which recently rocked the country as Zimbabweans

5 dead as kombi hit by train; driver failed to stop at crossing

By Audience Mutema  HARARE: An arrest warrant has been issued for a kombi driver charged with causing the death of 5 passengers after he failed to stop at a railway crossing. Simbarashe Gororo, 38, recently failed to turn up for a court hearing and is believed to be on the run. Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko

Shoplifting prisons officer fined $80; he stole goods worth $40

By Staff Reporter MUTARE: A Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) officer who tried to walk out of a local OK supermarket with unpaid for goods has been slapped with an $80 fine. Moses Muchenje, 40, of Destiny, Natview Park, pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared last week before magistrate Tendai Mahwe. Court heard

Unlicenced tout caged 7 years for killing pedestrian

By Mary Taruvinga AN unlicenced Harare tout has been jailed five years after he was found guilty of running over and killing a pedestrian with a kombi. Chrispen Magaya (33) was convicted of a similar offence two years ago after he was found guilty of culpable homicide and also driving without a licence. He was

Two Harare men nabbed with 55kgs ivory

By Court Reporter TWO Harare men are in trouble after they were caught with $55kgs of unmarked raw ivory worth over $9,000. Isiah Nhovo and Bishem Nyamukondiwa were allegedly caught red-handed with the elephant tusks by undercover detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department Minerals, Flora and Fauna Unit who purported to be buyers. They appeared

MUTARE: Mozambican faces 24 counts for armed robbery and rape; refused bail

By Staff Reporter A Mozambican national believed to be part of an armed gang that terrorised the affluent suburbs of Mutare will spend Christmas in remand prison after a city magistrate refused him bail this Tuesday. Domingo Luis Zuze, 29, of Bairo Vumba, Manica in Mozambique was this Tuesday remanded in custody to December 27

Bulawayo man up for attempted rape of step-daughter

By Staff Reporter A BULAWAYO man appeared in court this Tuesday charged with attempting to rape his stepdaughter. Bongani Ngulube, 50, of number 159 Dumisani road Harrisvale, appeared before magistrate Sibongile Mpala who referred the case to the remand court. According to court papers, the incident occurred on the 7th of December, at around 2100

D-Day for Maziwisa and Pambuka; court to rule on fraud case

By Court Reporter FORMER ZBC presenter Oscar Pambuka and ex-Zanu PF legislator Psychology Maziwisa will this Thursday know their fate when a Harare magistrate, Lazini Ncube delivers ruling on their fraud case. The two are due to appear before magistrate Lazini Ncube for ruling on allegations that they defrauded the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) of

Komichi stones in-laws to death over witchcraft

By Staff Reporter MASVINGO: Consulting traditional healers turned fatal for a local family recently after a 44-year-old man stoned his in-laws to death, police have confirmed. Isau Komichi from Chief Mazungunye in Bikita reportedly stoned his mother in-law Sonika Mapura, 69, to death together with her son Farirepi Muchazvirega, 17, last week. Provincial police spokesperson

60-year-old rapist lures teenage victim with freezit; jailed 12 years

By Court Reporter HARARE: A caretaker will spend the next 12 years in prison after he was convicted for raping a teenage girl who stayed at the same house with him in Mt Hampden recently. Mickias Magavagava, 60, was recently convicted after a full trial by a Harare magistrate Bianca Makwande who said predators like