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Judge fingered in theft case

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A High Court judge has been cited in court in connection with illegal use of money raised from a grinding mill belonging to a white commercial farmer who was allegedly forced out of his farm in Inyathi.

This came to light on Tuesday when one of the judge’s employees, Patrick Phiri, was giving evidence in the trial of two war veterans, Andrew Ndlovu (55) and Stanley Ncube (60) who are facing charges of intimidation and theft of a hosepipe at farms in the area.

Giving evidence in court, Phiri said Ndlovu and Ncube arrived at Roberts Block Farm, where the judge’s farm is located, and found him grinding maize.

He said the two asked him where the money earned from the grinding mill was going to and he told them that it was being collected by the judge.

Phiri told the court that Ncube informed him the judge was stealing the money which was supposed to be given to James Crawford, the owner of the grinding mill.

In his evidence, Phiri conceded that the grinding mill which the judge was using belonged to Crawford.

He told the court that he could not give the money to Crawford because he was the judge’s employee whom he treated like his “Lord”.

The pair have applied for discharge at the close of the State case on the grounds that there was no evidence they intimidated anyone.

They were remanded on $30 bail to December 1.

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