Thursday, 11 August 2016

THREE PROTESTORS UP FOR ATTACKING COP

Three protestors who allegedly attacked a cop before escaping with his shoe during a demonstration against the introduction of bond notes appeared in court yesterday.

Tinashe Wellington Macharika, 33, of Glen View 1,  Aleck Nakomo, 21 from Marondera and Chaponda Ndlovu, 36, also from Cherutombo in Marondera appeared before Harare magistrate Jessie Kufa facing charges of assaulting or resisting a peace officer.

They were represented by Jeremiah Bhamu and their trial had to be postponed because the State had not served the lawyer with required paperwork in time for preparation of trial.
The trio were granted $50 bail each on their initial court appearance. The complainant is Charles Nemazvuru, a police officer stationed at PPU Diplomats.

Circumstances leading to the trio’s arrest are that on August 3 this year Macharika, Nakomo and Ndlovu were part of a group of citizens who were protesting against unemployment and the introduction of bond notes at corner Nelson Mandela Avenue and Angwa Street.

The court heard that after the police had intervened to disperse the demonstrators, the trio saw Nemazvuru who was clad in police regalia and began chasing after him.

It is alleged that Macharika then attempted to trip Nemazvuru to the ground but failed and Nakomo picked-up a brick and threw it at the complainant but missed him.
After realising that Nakomo had missed the cop, Ndlovu allegedly picked-up another brick and this time hit Nemazvuru on the back before he fell.

The court heard that Macharika rushed where Nemazuru was lying and took off the cop’s shoe before fleeing from the scene.

Nemazvuru had to crawl into a nearby pharmacy for refuge.
The cop was rescued by Austin Chipere who was in charge of ZRP Support Unit Romeo troop.

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