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Torture trial postponed


The trial of two Homelink Private Limited company employees accused of stealing over $100 000 from their employer’s cash vaults failed to start yesterday as they have filed torture charges against police detectives.

The accused, Khumbuzo Gumbo (37) and Sydney Ndachengedzwa (23), last week applied for referral of their alleged torture case to the Supreme Court, but the State is yet to respond to the application.
Bulawayo magistrate Sherpard Mnjanja yesterday postponed the matter to July 17.

Both Gumbo and Ndachengedzwa, who are on $500 and $300 bail respectively, claimed they were not fit to attend trial since they were still nursing injuries sustained when police detectives unleashed dogs on them.

Gumbo, a security guard, and Sydney Ndachengedzwa, an intern teller at Homelink, were arrested on April 30 and allegedly tortured by detectives during investigations into the theft of $107 774 from the firm’s vaults.

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