Man gets 6 months jail for cop brib­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A BULILIMA man will spend the next six months in prison for of­fer­ing a $20 bribe to a cop in a bid to evade ar­rest for pos­sess­ing dagga.

The man’s jail­ing co­in­cided with his wife’s sen­tenc­ing to per­form 210 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice for as­sault­ing two neigh­bours.

Power Ncube (41) and his wife Eve­lyn Tshuma (23) both of Ntu­nungwe area ap­peared sep­a­rately be­fore Plumtree mag­is­trate Mr Li­vard Phile­mon.

Ncube was con­victed on his own plea of guilty to bribery and un­law­ful posses­sion of dan­ger­ous drugs while Tshuma was con­victed on her own plea of guilty to as­sault.

Mr Phile­mon sen­tenced Ncube to nine months im­pris­on­ment and three months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence in the next five years.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Elisha Ma­zorodze said Ncube tried to bribe Con­sta­ble Shindi who wanted to ar­rest him after he was found in posses­sion of dagga on 5 Septem­ber at around 4PM.

“Po­lice re­ceived a tip off that Ncube was in posses­sion of mbanje. They searched his homestead and found 23 twists of dagga hid­den in a plas­tic con­tainer. Ncube then of­fered $20 to Con­sta­ble Shindi as a gift in or­der to be re­leased. The po­lice of­fi­cer re­fused to take the money re­sult­ing in Ncube’s ar­rest,” said Ma­zorodze.

Ncube’s wife was sen­tenced to nine months im­pris­on­ment and three months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that she does not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence within the next five years. The re­main­ing six months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that she per­forms 210 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at Ntu­nungwe Pri­mary School.

Mr Ma­zorodze said Tshuma as­saulted her two neigh­bours Ms Emelia Hla­ban­gani and Ms Tracy Mkandla for spread­ing ru­mours that she was HIV pos­i­tive.

“On 4 Septem­ber at around 5PM Ms Hla­ban­gani and Ms Mkandla went to visit Tshuma at her homestead. Tshuma ques­tioned her two neigh­bours on why they were spread­ing ru­mours that she was HIV pos­i­tive while they were sit­ting in her kitchen hut. A mis­un­der­stand­ing en­sued be­tween the three women. Tshuma locked the door and re­trieved a sjam­bok which she used to whip her two neigh­bours. They were res­cued by neigh­bours who heard them scream for help,” said Mr Ma­zorodze.

He said the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice re­sult­ing in Tshuma’s ar­rest.

In her mit­i­ga­tion Tshuma told the court that she had four mi­nor chil­dren. She said her hus­band had al­ready been sent to jail and her chil­dren would be left stranded if she was also jailed.— @DubeMatutu.

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