Kezi magistrate in soup

BULAWAYO - A Kezi magistrate has been arraigned before the courts after he allegedly led to the disappearance of court records which were meant for review and scrutiny.

Stephen Mavuna, 30, appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa facing charges of criminal abuse of office as defined in Section 174 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Chapter 9:23.

It is the state’s case that between 2009 and 2012, Mavuna was stationed at Plumtree Magistrates’ Courts before being transferred to Kezi.

Prosecutor Malvern Nzombe told the court that during that period Mavuna presided over criminal cases and imposed sentences that required records of proceedings to be sent to the regional court for scrutiny.

The records were also supposed to be sent to the High Court for review and appeal before a judge within seven days after imposing sentence, the court heard.

Mavuna is alleged to have failed to submit records of proceedings and kept them in his office leading to their disappearance. The records in question are still to be recovered.

Nzombe said Mavuna had done disfavour to the appellants by denying them justice.

However, it is alleged that after Mavuna was arrested an empty criminal record book was recovered in his office.

The scrutiny’s review where Mavuna allegedly made false entries was recovered.

Mavuna will be back in court on November 30.

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