Category: Crime and Courts

Eight High Court judges sworn in

Chief Justice Luke Malaba has sworn in 8 new judges, six men and two women to the High Court bench in a move expected to reduce the backlog of cases at the superior court. The eight judges sworn in are Justice Philda Muzofa, James Thompson Mabhikwa, Isaac Muzenda, Munyanyiso Wamambo, Slyvia Chirau, Benjamin Chikowero, Pisirai Kwenda and Jacob Manzunzu.  In an interview, Judge President Justice George Chiweshe said the swearing in of new judges comes at a time the High Court has a backlog of cases that needs to be reduced.  The eight new judges brings the number of...

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Man defrauds law firm of US$50k

A top Bulawayo attorney working for Web, Low and Barry Partners has allegedly swindled his employers of US$50 000 in trust funds. Leslie Bhekimpilo Sibanda (35) appeared before Moses Mabeza facing three counts of fraud allegedly committed while working at the law firm. On the first count, the accused allegedly withdrew money from the law firm between 2014 and 2016 as indicated by evidence brought to court. Sibanda further made a requisition of vouchers of cash and directed the money to his account. On the last count, Sibanda allegedly approached Willsgroove Farm Enterprises and offered to be their performance guarantee for tender and when the company sent money to the law firm, he transferred it to his personal account. Sibanda pleaded not guilty to all matters brought before him He was remanded out of custody and is set to re-appear in court...

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Juvenile sodomises 5, rapes one

A 17 year old Kadoma teenager is facing multiple counts of aggravated indecent assault involving juvenile boys and one count of rape. The sodomy and rape suspect is being accused of sodomising 4 boys aged between 10 and 11. In addition, he is also being accused of sodomising an 18 year old victim. The juvenile is also facing one count of rape involving a 15 year old girl. The offences occurred in different locations on the outskirts of Kadoma between August and the first of December this year. According to the state outline, the teenage boy would allegedly befriend...

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200kg of Malaysia-bound ivory intercepted 

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) says a 200kg consignment of ivory destined for Kuala Lumpar in Malaysia has been intercepted at the Robert Mugabe International Airport. The ivory, which was stashed in four boxes was intercepted yesterday with the help of the country’s security agencies who were on duty at the airport. Two people, who are alleged to have been facilitating the movement of the consignment have been identified following the interception and investigations are being made to establish the owner of the contraband. Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo confirmed the interception of the...

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Copper cable thieves jailed 10 years each 

  Gwanda regional magistrate, Mr Mark Dzira has sentenced two Bulawayo men to 10 years imprisonment each for stealing copper cables belonging to TelOne in Esigodini. Okay Moyo (23) and Begin Ngwenya (26) both were convicted on their own plea of guilty for vandalising and removing 300 metres of overhead telecommunication lines belonging to TelOne. The cables are worth $1500. Prosecuting, Mr Mncedisi Dube said the two teamed up on the 6th of December 2017 to steal the telecommunication line in Esigodini. Unbeknown to the copper thieves, the complainant Murivamwe Matezve, who is employed by TelOne at Esigodini, heard...

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