Anonymous caller 'blew whistle on alleged drug dealer'

HARARE - Prosecutor Fransisca Mukumbiri yesterday advised the court that an anonymous caller exposed details that led to the arrest of ex-British soldier busted with cocaine making machinery at his Glen Lorne home.

James Francis Joscelyne, 39, appeared before Harare magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta yesterday for trial continuation on charges of dealing in dangerous drugs.

Joscelyne — represented by advocate Sylvester Hashiti — had made an application for the State to disclose the informant before he moves to trial.

“If a case is to proceed to trial where there is a whistle blower, the accused person has the right to know. We need to know so that the accused person knows how to plead and also prepare his defence,” Hashiti said.

Prosecutor Oscar Madhume promised to respond to the plea by August 16 when the matter was expected back in court.

Joscelyn had asked the investigating officer Brighton Samaneka to be ordered to trace the particular call before furnishing the court with details of the informant.

This was after Samaneka indicated that the whistle blower was a man who refused to proffer further particulars when he tipped police.

“The person refused to name himself and the safety of informers is our responsibility hence naming them would jeopardise that confidentiality,” Samaneka said yesterday.

Hashiti responded: “I formally move that an order directing police to carry out investigations on calls received between 8 and 9am on July 19. They must furnish the court with the call log and details of each call. How can you want to safeguard the safety of informers that you have said you do not know?”

The application will be determined by Sabarauta today.

Joscelyn was a British Army soldier attached to the Queen’s regiment before he retired and moved to Zimbabwe in 2002. According to court papers, Joscelyne has since renounced his Zimbabwean citizenship and allegedly admitted during an interview that he was processing tablets containing ecstasy powder and cocaine, selling a capsule for $3 through an organised syndicate in Harare.

It was alleged that on July 20, detectives from CID Drugs and Narcotics division were tipped that Joscelyne was producing dangerous drugs at his home.

It was alleged that detectives searched the house after presenting a warrant to Joscelyne.

Detectives discovered in Joscelyne’s bedroom two sachets of a substance suspected to be cocaine with a street value of $640 and 43 ecstasy tablets valued at $129.

A bowl containing ecstasy powder and empty plastic packaging were recovered in the kitchen.

It was further alleged that two drug processing machines; a single-punch pill maker and dagga compressing machine, 25kg of micro crystalline cellulose used in pharmaceutical tablet making, 300 empty capsules and food colourants were also found in the house.

The recovered drugs were taken for forensic examinations and the results are yet to be obtained.

Comments (1)

But how then did the magistrate issue a search warrant on the basis of an anonymous tip off? who then gave the magistrate a sworn statement to validate the issuance of the said warrant???

PaFeya - 22 August 2017

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