By Leeroy Mukotekwa
Police in Zhombe are accused of maltreating a suspect in a case of theft.
Sten Mawela (28) of Mawela village under Chief Samambwa Zhombe who was standing to answer theft and unlawful entry charges told the court he suffered maltreatment at the hands of the cops.
According to Mawela the incident occurred at Mutongerwa Complex Empress Business Centre where he claimed that he was paraded and dragged by the police to the glare of the world.
“I and the complainant (Mlingo Ndlezainia) used to work together at Battlefields. He owed me money which amounted to about $150 before he disappeared without paying me,” he narrated.
He then told the court that they met at a local bar where he grilled the complainant who then offered to compensate him with new clothes to settle the remaining balance.
“Upon my arrival to collect my remaining balance I was shocked when I was labelled a thief. The mob was baying for my blood before the police came to apprehended me in an improper manner,” he said.
However the state alleges that Mawela was offered a place to sleep around 0300hours at Mutongerwa Complex only to disappear around 0400hours with a pair of jeans, jackets and works suits.
State papers alluded that on the 15th of September around 0900hours the complainant’s sister saw the accused wearing a pair of the stolen sandals and reported the matter to the police.
Magistrate Story Rushambwa remanded Mawela out of custody to the 28th of September as the state was tasked to investigate the alleged harassment of the accused by the police.