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    Friday, 20 May 2016

    Prosecutor Sithole judgement day set


    - Beitbridge Area Prosecutor Muchiwande Sithole's judgement day has been set for June 3 this year when visiting Masvingo Regional Magistrate Collet Ncube will hand down his ruling.
      Curtains closed down on the trial last Wednesday with Sithole's defence lawyer Charles Zinyengere calling their sole witness a police constable Forster Abeki who was seconded to the court as a prosecutor during the time under spotlight.
      Between September 9 and 25 last year Sithole, after a break-in at his home allegedly went on a warpath and assaulted Clement Moyo, a blind man and his guide Knowledge Mike before hiring yet unknown men to kidnap and attempt to murder Gabriel Choruwa.
      He has flatly denied the charge and any knowledge of the first two complainants but said he only knew Choruwa after he was brought to his house by some men who arrested him at the bus terminus.
      In his defence Sithole denies evidence given by all the five witnesses called by the State in an almost similar statement that everything they told the court were well-rehearsed lies that were mearnt to bring him down.
      Abeki told the court he worked with Sithole for close to six years during his time at the court with the accused Sithole as his boss.
      He picked 21 September as the day he remembered his boss had taken an off day but was at pains to explain why out of six years he remembered only that date if they had not discussed about it in connection with the case.
      Incidentally it is the date that Choruwa handed himself to Sithole, according to the State, which also is the day Sithole says he was not at work.
      Under cross-examination from prosecutor Elson Chavarika, Abeki agreed that he did not work inside Sithole's office and did not know his movements in and out of his office.
      He also could not, said Abeki, witness what had happened at the Dulivhadzimo Bus Terminus where Sithole allegedly beat up Moyo and Mike.
     Abeki, transferred from the courts to normal police duties after the incident said he was not begrudging his bosses for moving him but failed to explain whether he had been transferred for interfering with investigations.
      The State and the defence both agreed to make written submissions to the court that only visited Beitbridge specifically for this case.
      The court returns to Beitbridge on June 3 when Judgement will be delivered.
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