The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

GWELO, Tues­day, Novem­ber 8, 1966 — Prison sen­tences to­talling 18 months were im­posed by the Pro­vin­cial Mag­is­trate, Mr Ger­ald Rose, on Mo­hammed Has­sim Iqbal (24), of 68 Third Street, Gwelo, when he was con­victed at the Gwelo Mag­is­trate’s court of deal­ing in or pos­sess­ing gold.

Be­fore sentence was passed, de­fend­ing coun­sel, Adv NJ McNally, urged the mag­is­trate to “tam­per jus­tice with mercy” and impose a fine rather than send Iqbal to jail. But Mr Rose said there was no doubt that this of­fence was se­ri­ous, dif­fi­cult to de­tect and preva­lent in the Mid­lands prov­ince.

Iqbal, he said, was con­victed of a sim­i­lar of­fence two years ago, and he pro­posed to deal with him sep­a­rately on each count. He added that he con­sid­ered he would be fail­ing in his duty if he did not send Iqbal to prison.

He or­dered that the gold should be con­fis­cated to the Crown and that Iqbal should be pro­hib­ited from en­ter­ing any pre­cious metal min­ing lo­ca­tion within the next five years. The three counts al­leged il­le­gal deal­ing in or pos­ses­sion of gold on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions — the gold in­volved be­ing worth a to­tal of £80 7s 3d. Iqbal pleaded not guilty to the first two counts but guilty to the third.

After Iqbal’s con­vic­tion, De­tec­tive Sec­tion Of­fi­cer David J Wright, who has been in charge of the gold sec­tion, CID for the past year, told the court there had been more than 50 cases of il­le­gal gold pos­ses­sion in the prov­ince over a year. “It takes a long time to find out who is deal­ing, to win their con­fi­dence and to en­sure a suc­cess­ful trap”, he said.

Il­le­gal gold trad­ing has al­ways been re­garded as se­ri­ous and in the view of the po­lice it was more se­ri­ous now than be­fore. De­tec­tive Sta­tion Sergeant Mhem­bere of the CID, Sal­is­bury, said that on Au­gust 24 he went to Iqbal’s Gwelo home and told him he had gold to sell.

On Oc­to­ber 4 at Gwelo Bak­ery, where Iqbal then worked, said Sgt Mhem­bere, Iqbal handed him a Coca Cola bot­tle and he si­mul­ta­ne­ously handed him the gold. Iqbal also handed over £1 10s and “I fin­ished the Coca Cola and went out and gave the sig­nal as ar­ranged to other mem­bers of the CID.”

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