A Bindura Magistrate Tinashe Ndokera yesterday acquitted former cabinet Minister Nicholas Goche who was facing stock theft charges, Newsday reports.
This was after Goche was accused of selling 18 cattle which he had previously sold to another seller. According to reports privy to the case, the former cabinet minister sold 40 of his cattle and the buyer managed to collect 22 beasts and left him with 18 beasts which were to be collected later.
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Goche reportedly sold the remaining 18 steers which had been paid for by the first buyer and a dispute ensued which later on resulted in the former cabinet minister being arrested and being prosecuted.
His’s lawyers had said the issue is a civil matter and not a criminal matter as they were defending their client when he was first arrested.