13 in court for at­tack­ing po­lice on pa­trol in CBD

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Manicaland & Mashonaland East - Pros­per Dem­bedza Court Correspondent

THIR­TEEN peo­ple sus­pected to be part of a gang that at­tacked po­lice of­fi­cers on pa­trol in Harare’s Cen­tral Busi­ness District have ap­peared in court.

Bless­ing Mwale (30), Sak­ina Musa­raure (30), Thu­lani Mpofu (38), Ray­mond Maratu (39), Tawanda Mur­erekwa (32), Benedict Gova (34), Lib­erty Mu­tasa (18), Tafadzwa Chanetsa (23), Gil­bert Chiny­ora (28), Shel­ton Moyo (32), Try­more Folani (24), Mathew Time (24) and Welling­ton Tshuma (31) were charged with pub­lic vi­o­lence when they ap­peared be­fore Harare mag­is­trate Mrs Vic­to­ria Mashamba last week.

They were granted $100 bail and or­dered to re­side at their given ad­dresses.

They were also warned not to in­ter­fere with wit­nesses and to re­port once ev­ery week at their near­est po­lice sta­tions.

In grant­ing them bail, Mrs Mashamba said the State had failed to pro­vide suf­fi­cient proof link­ing the ac­cused per­sons to the of­fence.

“The State is only mak­ing bald as­ser­tions which are not clear on who com­mit­ted the of­fence,” she said.

Pros­e­cu­tor Mr Sabas­tian Mu­tizirwa had op­posed bail.

He ar­gued that the sus­pects had com­mit­ted a se­ri­ous of­fence and should there­fore ap­proach the High Court for such an ap­pli­ca­tion.

“The ac­cused per­sons com­mit­ted a se­ri­ous of­fence which at­tracts a cus­to­dial sen­tence,” said Mr Mu­tizirwa.

It is al­leged that on Thurs­day last week, 10 po­lice of­fi­cers were pa­trolling the Cen­tral Busi­ness District in a Mazda B1800.

The court heard that at the in­ter­sec­tion of Nk­wame Nkrumah Av­enue and First Street, the po­lice were con­fronted by a ri­otous mob who threw stones and bricks at them.

As a re­sult of the at­tack, the po­lice ve­hi­cle was ex­ten­sively dam­aged.

They were pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied and ar­rested at the scene.

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