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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

MID­LANDS, Thursday, Oc­to­ber 12, 1967 — Rima de Sousa, who “planted” a small piece of gold in the house of Su­san, an African woman, and then tele­phoned the po­lice to say that the woman had il­le­gally dealt in gold, was jailed for 18 months by the pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate, Mr Ger­ald Rose, at Gwelo to­day.

He pleaded guilty to an of­fence un­der the Gold Trade Act. He said he placed the gold on the woman’s premises with the in­ten­tion that she would be pros­e­cuted.

Sousa told the court that when he came out of prison, where he had been sent for pos­sess­ing gold, he heard Su­san was the per­son who had had him ar­rested and de­cided to plant a piece of gold in her house.

“I sent my brother with it in a piece of pa­per and told him to plant it in her house. He did this and I tele­phoned the po­lice. I thought she would be caught and suf­fer as I had suf­fered”, he said.

D/S/O Ed­ward JF Paint­ing said that after Sousa con­tacted him, he searched Su­san’s house and found the gold.

She de­nied all knowl­edge of it. “As far as I know Su­san is not an in­former. She pro­vided no in­for­ma­tion in the case when Sousa was con­victed”, he said. Insp RF Robins pros­e­cuted. Later be­fore Mr DK Ut­ting, Al­bert Sachikonye, who was the man re­ferred to by Sousa as his brother, was con­victed on a sim­i­lar charge.

He pleaded not guilty and claimed that he (Sousa) had planted the gold in Su­san’s house. Sachikonye was re­manded for sen­tence un­til to­mor­row.

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