Cop up for selling stolen guns to poachers

HARARE - A cop reportedly sold guns stolen from his workplace to illegal poachers, a court heard yesterday.

Alouis Mabika, 46, who is attached to National Armoury at Morris Depot in Harare appeared before provincial magistrate Elisha Singano charged with theft. He was released on $200 bail and remanded to October 12 pending finalisation of investigations.

Prosecutor Tatenda Murindagomo had opposed bail on the basis that more guns could not be accounted for and were still to be recovered.

She submitted that since Mabika was well versed with the legal system, there was a possibility that he could interfere with investigations if released on bail.

However, his lawyer Tungamirai Muganhiri argued that the State had failed to proffer cogent reasons justifying his client’s bail denial.

“The allegations before the court are based on an implication and there are no eye witnesses to substantiate the claims. The accused person is still presumed innocent until proven guilty and for the 18 years he served in the force, he has had no single blemish.

Between 2009 and 2016, Mabika was attached to National Amoury  as a stores man and allegedly hatched a plan to steal fire arms.

The court heard that Mabika allegedly stole an AK47 serial numbers 1976 with live rounds of ammunition, 3,75 rifle, 30,06 rifle, two 7,9 and FN rifles and a 303 rifle.

Mabika allegedly sold the guns to Obiat Shumba, a Gokwe-based poacher. One of the guns was recovered from Stanley Musukuma.

Comments (1)

Nothing but EVIL lives in Zimbabwe! Your corrupt government and legal system will be your whole country's downfall. The rest of the world is watching and CAN'T WAIT! Rot it Hell for all your evils!

Denine Mishoe - 21 September 2017

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