Di­a­monds flushed out of dealer’s mouth

The Manica Post - - The Weekender - Week­ender Cor­re­spon­dent

A CHIKANGA man was forced to spit three di­a­monds he had hid­den in his mouth by Min­er­als and Bor­der Con­trol de­tec­tives at 22 Miles Busi­ness Cen­tre last week.

Fran­cis Mukan­dat­sama ( 32) has since ap­peared be­fore the courts for con­tra­ven­ing the Pre­cious stones Act as de­fined in Sec­tion 3 (1) a read with Sec­tion 3 (2), Chap­ter 21:06.

He was not asked to plead to the charges when he ap­peared be­fore Mutare provin­cial mag­is­trate, Mr Tendai Mahwe.

Al­le­ga­tions were that on March 12, de­tec­tives re­ceived in­for­ma­tion to the ef­fect that Mukan­dat­sama was in the pos­ses­sion of di­a­monds which he in­tended to sell.

Re­act­ing to the tip- off, the de­tec­tives teamed up and spot­ted a Toy­ota Vits which was parked at 22 Miles Shop­ping Cen­tre.

In­side the ve­hi­cle were Mukan­dat­sama and three other men.

The de­tec­tives in­tro­duced them­selves to the four men who were in­side the car and in­formed them that they were go­ing to carry out a search on the ve­hi­cle.

A phys­i­cal search was con­ducted and three pieces of di­a­monds were re­cov­ered from Mukan­dat­sama’s mouth and one piece was also dis- cov­ered from his pocket.

Two more pieces of di­a­monds were re­cov­ered in be­tween the pas­sage seat and the driver’s seat placed in a plas­tic sa­chet.

This led to the ar­rest of Mukan­dat­sama’s ac­com­plices Pedzi­sai Kure­hwatira ( 33), Charles Kudz­i­batira ( 38) and Easy Tapiwa Ganya ( 35) who were also in the ve­hi­cle with him.

The four have since ap­peared be­fore the courts fac­ing the same charge.

They were be­ing rep­re­sented by Mr Farai Mat­in­hure of Gonese, Ndlovu and Part­ners Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers.

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