A Gweru magistrate on Thursday sentenced a top police detective to an effective two years in jail on criminal abuse of office charges.
Gweru regional magistrate Phathekile Msipa initially sentenced former officer-in-charge of Gweru CID, Detective inspector, Leonard Gwandu, to three years before suspending one year on condition of good behaviour.
According to prosecutor Namatirai Chipere, on December 14 last year, Gwandu released a Toyota Hilux truck, which had been confiscated from local businessman Shepherd Tundiya without following procedures.
The car was being kept as an exhibit and should eventually be handed over to the South African police.
Tundiya was arrested in connection with the stolen vehicle that he had bought and had been acquitted.
However, there was no order to release the car in question.