Cops in court over $35 000 gold scam

HARARE - Two police officers and their three accomplices appeared in court yesterday on allegations of stealing more than 700g of gold.

On March 10, Lawrence Mateva, 24, Richard Majome, 29 — both police officers at Malbereign Police Station — and Dilesh Nguwaya, 29, Ishmael Kahwena, 29 and Taurai Chitapa, 26, picked up information through Connoly Kaundi, a manager at Shangri La restaurant in Harare that Stephen Francis had 723g of gold and wanted to sell it.

The five then allegedly connived and hatched a plan to steal the gold.

They allegedly proceeded to the restaurant to carry out their plan.

The court heard that Mateva, Majome and Nguwaya arrived in a Mercedes Benz registration number ABX 2324 owned by Nguwaya, while the other two were driving in a Toyota Rav4 owned by Chitapa.

It is the State’s case that when they arrived, Nguwaya introduced himself as a gold buyer and styled himself as a Congolese national.

Nguwaya allegedly lured Francis to the Rav4 where Kahwena and Chitapa were sitting and while they were viewing the mineral, Mateva and Majome pounced on them and arrested them for illegally dealing in gold.

Chitapa was ordered to get into the Mercedes leaving Francis and his driver Maseura Mapurani in the Rav4.

As the two cars were driving along King George Road en-route to Harare Central Police Station, they stopped their vehicles and told Francis that he had been released.

Francis and his driver were left alone while the five men drove off with the gold valued at $35 427.

Mateva, Majome and Nguwaya are being represented by Tafadzwa Hungwe, while Kahwena and Chitapa are being represented by Rungano Mahuni.

Magistrate Don Ndirowei remanded the five out of custody to April 19 on $100 bail each.

Ndirowei also ordered them to surrender their passports as part of their bail conditions. - Helen Kadirire

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