Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

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

Ex-Zimra boss says can’t afford $5,000 bail; in court over $12m tax agency fleece

By Court Reporter FORMER Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) boss Gershem Pasi appeared in court Thursday over a software deal which reportedly prejudiced the tax agency of about $12 million. Pasi, 59, was charged with criminal abuse of office when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe. Prosecutors demanded $5,000 cash as well as immovable property worth

Simba Chikore (left) and wife Bona (centre) arrive for the court hearing

Mugabe son-in-law’s freedom bid flops, trial date set

By Court Reporter FORMER President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law unsuccessfully challenged his continued remand Wednesday after being told he was to be jointly charged with a former Air Zimbabwe security guard. Simba Chikore, 41, is answering unlawful detention charges before Harare magistrate Elisha Singano. On Wednesday he sought to be removed from remand saying his case

Francis Gudyanga

Court allows fraud accused ex-permanent secretary foreign travel

By Court Reporter A HARARE court recently granted an application by fraud accused former permanent secretary for the release of his passport in order to travel abroad. Former permanent secretary for the ministry of mines Francis Gudyanga, 69, told court that he needed to travel to Benin for a conference. He is facing two counts

Court bails Mthwakazi activist arrested for pointing at Mnangagwa portrait

By AFP A BULAWAYO court freed on bail a man detained for insulting the president while testifying before a commission probing the fatal shooting of six civilians during post-election protests in August, lawyers said on Monday. Prosecutors said Wisdom Mkwananzi, 32, pointed at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s official portrait hung on the wall of a hall

Chinese bosses beat up employee for refusing to use own phone for work

By Staff Reporter A Masvingo man sustained a fractured rib when two Chinese nationals who are his employers attacked him after he refused an order to use his personal money in topping up airtime meant for work related calls. However, the trial the accused duo – Xiang Bo (26) and Xu Qinghong (43) – failed

Zesa chief executive and senior managers arrested over $35m fraud

By Staff Reporter AS the clampdown on corruption continues, police have arrested power utility Zesa Holdings chief executive officer Josh Chifamba in a raid that also netted two senior executives at subsidiary entity the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC). A police statement said Chifamba, ZETDC managing director Julian Chinembiri and finance director Thoko