Saturday, 18 June 2016

PROSECUTOR JAILED

Beitbridge area prosecutor Muchiwande Forbes Sithole was yesterday jailed eight years for kidnapping and attempting to murder Gabriel Choruwa.


Earlier, Sithole was fined $200 for assaulting a blind man Clement Moyo and his guide Innocent Mike. He will serve an effective four years after six months of his two-year term for kidnapping were suspended for five years. Two years were suspended for five years from his six-year term for attempted murder. 

The sentences will run concurrently. He committed the four offences in September last year, while looking for people who burgled his house on September 8, 2015. The prosecutor took the law into his own hands, went on a rampage and effected arrests on Moyo, Mike and Choruwa whom he beat in his terror run.
He then hired thugs and gave them his Toyota Surf vehicle, which they used to kidnap Choruwa who was brutally assaulted in the bush 30km outside the border town. Masvingo regional magistrate Collet Ncube described Sithole as “evil and careless” in that although he did not take part in the actual kidnapping and attempted murder he was a facilitator. 

“The community will frown at the courts if non-custodial sentences are imposed for such offences,” Ncube said, dismissing a request for a community service by Sithole’s defence team.
Using an opinion-leading witness, the defence team Charles Zinyengere and Patrick Tererai proposed that Sithole be admitted to a non-custodial sentence because he was a useful convict.

“He is a lawyer and his skills can be useful to government and the country,” said Reason Mutimba — a lawyer who used to work as Sithole’s subordinate. It was to Sithole’s advantage that Choruwa had fully recovered, but the court was aware it took six sessions of dialysis to mend him.

Ncube, however, dismissed Chavarika’s application to have the car forfeited to the State saying such action would punish Sithole’s family. newsday

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