Cop kid­nap­pers spared jail, fined

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A PIRATE taxi driver and his as­sis­tant who were ar­rested for re­sist­ing ar­rest and kid­nap­ping two po­lice of­fi­cers have es­caped jail af­ter a magistrate slapped them with fines for their of­fence.

Bril­liant Nsingo (25) of Cow­dray Park and Ni­cholas Moyo (25) of no fixed abode al­legedly told the cops they wanted to show them that they (the driver and tout) were not hu­mans, but dogs.

They ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age magistrate Ms Nyaradzo Ringi­sai on Fri­day for sen­tence.

Nsingo was fined $250 while his ac­com­plice, Moyo, was slapped with a $200 fine.

The pirate crew al­legedly threat­ened to kill As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Von­gai Mun­yikwa and Con­sta­ble Bon­face Mashora be­fore they man­aged to es­cape from the mov­ing ve­hi­cle at a bush near Ngozi mine land­fill site in Bu­l­awayo.

For the state, Mr Tony Ka­mud­yariwa said on Au­gust 17 along Nketa Drive near Western Com­mon­age Court, traf­fic po­lice were car­ry­ing out an op­er­a­tion dubbed “No to Honda Fit,” tar­get­ing small un­li­censed ve­hi­cles which he said have caused havoc on the roads. “At a cer­tain point along Nketa Drive, the driver picked up two of­fi­cers, Mashora and Mun­yikwa based at Bu­l­awayo Traf­fic West, who were clad in civil­ian at­tire and were pur­port­ing to be com­muters,” said Mr Ka­mud­yariwa.

He said the of­fi­cers iden­ti­fied them­selves by show­ing their po­lice iden­tity cards to Nsingo who im­me­di­ately stopped the car and re­funded two other pas­sen­gers be­fore ask­ing them to get out of the car.

The prose­cu­tor said: “Moyo then took over the steer­ing wheel and drove at high speed to­wards Old Khami Road in­ter­sec­tion. He was or­dered to drive to Traf­fic West but did not take heed.

“He turned into Masiyepham­bili Drive and drove due north to­wards Ngozi mine, threat­en­ing the of­fi­cers with death and in­di­cat­ing to them that he wanted to prove that he was not hu­man but a dog.”

The of­fi­cers only man­aged to jump off the mov­ing ve­hi­cle which had slowed down due to the bad state of the road. — @ andile_t­shuma.

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