'Thief' accuses cops of brutality

BULAWAYO - A man who allegedly broke into 10 houses and stole laptops has accused police of brutalising him to extract a confession for crimes he says he did not commit.

Michael Steven Nyoni, 26, pleaded not guilty to theft charges when he appeared before magistrate Crispen Mberewere, who remanded him in custody to July 13 for trial.

Nyoni maintained that police detectives from Hillside Police Station brutalised him by whipping him under his feet and all over the body to get a confession.

He told the court the detectives stripped him naked and handcuffed him before assaulting him severely.

The State alleges that on December 6, Nyoni broke into Kerepetse Ndlovu’s house in Nketa 9 suburb where he jumped over the fence and broke the toilet window before unhinging burglar bars to gain entry. It alleges he stole a laptop and a cell phone.

Two days later, he allegedly burgled Farai Matinde’s home in Famona after scaling over the wall  and allegedly stole a laptop  from the complainant’s bedroom.

On December 29, Nyoni stormed Clive Gwekwerere’s house in Nketa 7 by jumping over the wall and forced his way into the complainant’s bedroom. He allegedly removed one of the window panes to steal a laptop.

A week later, he allegedly raided Belinda Moyo’s house in Nketa 7 and stole a laptop before he proceeded to Southwold suburb where he allegedly ransacked Lynette Sibanda’s home and got away with a 32inch plasma TV, DVD player, DStv decoder, four remote controls, a cell phone and chargers. 

On the same day, he allegedly broke into Brassington Nhira’s home while the owner was in the toilet and got away with an iPad.

It is alleged that Nyoni stole a laptop and a mobile phone from Philborn Mangwana of Montrose before pouncing on Tilton Mandikiyani house to steal yet another laptop and three cell phones.

He met his waterloo when he was arrested by the detectives after a tip off after allegedly stealing a two plate stove from Jefferson Dube of Nketa 7.

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