Officers charged for strangling motorist

HARARE - Two Harare City traffic officers reportedly assaulted and strangled a taxi driver to death during an argument over illegal parking.

Fanuel Toringepi, 32, and Hilda Chinya, 43, appeared before Harare magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe facing murder charges.

Toringepi of Sikavakadzi Street, Mufakose in Harare and Chinya of Ngezi Road, Zimre Park in Harare were remanded in custody to February 2.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira alleged that on January 24 this year, around 5pm, the now deceased Dick Samuel Goliath who was employed by Safeway Taxis parked his vehicle, a Toyota Spacio, along Park Lane in the city centre.

Toringepi and Chinya reportedly approached him while he was waiting for potential customers and told him that he was violating municipal by-laws by parking at an undesignated point.

The two started assaulting Goliath before boarding the vehicle and ordering him to drive to their recovery yard along Coventry Road in Harare.

When they arrived at Corner Chinhoyi Street and Samora Machel Avenue, Toringepi and Chinya ordered Goliath to stop the vehicle, the court heard.

One of the accused persons allegedly grabbed Goliath by the neck and strangled him until he lost consciousness.

It is the State’s case that Toringepi and Chinya subsequently left the car when they realised that Goliah had lost consciousness and got into a Harare City Council recovery vehicle that arrived on the scene.

Goliath was rushed to Parirenyawa Hospital by Jimmy Maturure and Fungai Makanga where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

On January 28, government pathologist Alviero Gonzalez conducted a post mortem on the deceased and concluded that his death was caused by asphyxia caused by strangulation.

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