Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

Bribery Accused Chinese Businessman Granted $5k Bail

By Mary Taruvinga A CHINESE businessman who landed in the dock on allegations of trying to bribe a police officer with US$1 480, has been granted bail by the High Court after languishing in jail for a month. Meng Dong (31) was released by Justice Jesta Charehwa together with his co-accused, Leegwan Mavhunga (36). The

AFM Leader In Bid To Seize Church Vehicle From Cleric

By Mary Taruvinga APOSTOLIC Faith Mission in Zimbabwe (AFM) headed by Amon Madawo has gone after suspended church pastor, Panganayi Makarichi demanding return of a top of the range vehicle the cleric was given by the church before the split. Makarichi allegedly got dismissed on allegations of plotting a coup against Madawo. Madawo was declared

Man Bashes, Kills ‘Cheating’ Ex

By Staff Reporter A RUSAPE man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted and killed his former live-in girlfriend he was accusing of infidelity. The suspect, Shadreck Murimi (40) of Bwanya village, Chief Makoni, Rusape has since appeared before local magistrate Gift Manyika facing murder. Murimi was denied bail and remanded in custody. He was advised

Simba Chikore and wife Bona

Mugabe Son-In-Law Simba Chikore Acquitted

By Mary Taruvinga LATE former President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simbarashe Mutsahuni-Chikore has been cleared of wrongdoing by the courts in a matter in which the then Air Zimbabwe chief operations officer was being accused of signing a memorandum with Safeguard Security Services without going to tender. Chikore was acquitted by Harare magistrate Ngonj Nduna following

Harare Property Developer Katsimberis’ US$1m Fraud Trial Kick-Offs

By Mary Taruvinga THE trial of Harare businessman and property developer Georgios Katsimberis, in which he is facing fraud allegations of nearly US$1 million, commenced at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts Friday. Katsimberis is accused of duping Pokugara Properties close to US$1 million in a joint venture to build cluster houses in the upmarket Borrowdale suburb.

Heartless Mom (36) Kills Daughter To Save Marriage

By Staff Reporter A CHIPINGE woman has been by the police after she connived with her boyfriend to kill her daughter to save their relationship, which was now on the rocks. Violet Chabvukwa (36) of Charurwa village under Chief Mutema was arrested together with her boyfriend Langton Sithole (30) whom she connived with to commit

Erica Ndewere

Mnangagwa Fires High Court Judge Ndewere

By Robert Tapfumaneyi PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa Thursday fired, with immediate effect, embattled High Court judge, Justice Erica Ndewere for “gross incompetence”. The dismissal follows recommendations by a tribunal that was set up in November last year by Mnangagwa to inquire into her suitability to hold a judicial office. The three-member tribunal was chaired by retired

Obadiah Moyo

Ex-Health Minister Moyo’s US$60m Fraud Trial Set For September

By Mary Taruvinga CORRUPTION accused former Health Minister Obadiah Moyo will now stand trial on 6 September at the High Court. Moyo has been on remand since his surprise arrest June last year. He faces corruption charges for illegally approving tenders worth US$60 million in the procurement of Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). Prosecutor Garudzo

Two Chinhoyi Men Arrested For Killing Suspected Gold Panner

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent POLICE in Chinhoyi have arrested two men for allegedly beating to death, a suspected gold panner early Tuesday morning. Mashonaland West police spokesperson, Inspector Margaret Chitove confirmed to the death of John Fundo (25) of 2011 Destiny suburb, Chinhoyi. The pair of McDonald Mashove (28) and Denford Matoro

Namibia-Based Zim Student Jailed 6 Months For Faking Robbery

By Matabeleland North Correspondent VICTORIA FALLS: For lying to the police that he had been robbed of a laptop, cell phone, and US$200 cash, Allan Nyamuzihwa, a Zimbabwean student studying in Namibia has been jailed for six months. Last Sunday, Nyamuzihwa was travelling from Namibia where he is a first-year engineering student, and when he

AFM Wrangle Rages On As Factions Shift Turf To Trademark Rights

By Mary Taruvinga THE battle between Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe (AFM) leader, Amon Madawo and his rival Cossam Chiangwa has resurfaced, barely a month after a judgement putting to an end the wrangle. This time the two are fighting over the trademark with Madawo accusing Chiangwa of stealing his church’s trademark in a bid

Harare City Boss In Soup For Land Fraud

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER Harare City council acting director of housing Matthew Marara has been dragged to court on criminal abuse of office charges. Marara was granted $5 000 bail when he appeared before Harare magistrate. He was remanded to July 5 for his routine remand. Marara is being accused of changing open spaces without

Warrant Of Arrest Issued Against Waverley Blankets Owner’s Daughter

By Mary Taruvinga A Harare Court has issued Amanda Berkowitz nee Cohen, daughter of late businessman Victor Cohen, with a warrant of arrest after she failed to appear in court on Monday. Cohen-Berkowitz is facing perjury under CR1466/21. She is facing perjury charges after she allegedly lied under oath that she subscribed to the memorandum

Top Zvimba District Official In Court For Receiving US$800 Land Bribe

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent THE Zvimba assistant district development coordinator, Walter Hwaira has landed in trouble after allegedly demanding and receiving US$800 as ‘facilitation fees’ to enable a prospective farm owner to get agricultural land. Hwaira (56) appeared in court for initial remand Tuesday facing charges of contravening the Criminal Law (Codification and

Man Kills Father, Shoves Head Into Fire

By Matabeleland North Correspondent Hwange: An Inyathi man axed his father to death and shoved his body headlong into a fire resulting in the skull being burnt. For the crime, Raighton Nkomo (29) of Stand 6 Village 1 in Kennilworth in Inyathi has been sentenced to eight years in jail. During trial, court heard Raighton