Assistant Inspector Tendai Chimboza was sentenced to 20 days’ in prison by magistrate Victoria Mashamba after he failed to turn up and give evidence in a case where 65 Epworth residents are accused of public violence. He was however given an option to pay $20 fine.
In his defense Chimbodza claimed that he was on another assignment. He was thrown into the cells the moment he walked into court late while the 65 suspects were freed after the magistrate ruled that they were unlawfully before the court as police had not recorded their warned and cautioned statements.
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The 65 residents were arrested after they purportedly staged demonstrations over police corruption and against road blocks in July last year. The State accused them of damaging police vehicles and disturbing the flow of traffic along Mutare highway between Mabvuku and Ruwa suburbs.