A top Kwekwe police officer, Detective Inspector Hardway Kasu, has landed himself in trouble after he allegedly broke into the exhibits room at Kwekwe Criminal Investigations Department offices and stole 300 British pounds which he converted to his own use.
Kasu is the Officer-in-Charge of CID Kwekwe district.
The State alleged that between October 7 2011 and February 20 this year, Kasu gained access into the exhibits room and stole the money from a vault at Kwekwe Central Police Station.
The matter only came to light after an unidentified police officer reported him to his superiors leading to his arrest.
Kasu’s lawyer James Magodora confirmed his client’s arrest, saying he was being charged with theft or alternatively, negligently causing the loss of the exhibits from the vault from the time they were handed to him last year.
“The matter was supposed to be heard at the Gweru Regional Court on July 23, but the State has opted to proceed by way of summons since their papers were not yet in order. . . My client, however, denies any of the allegations being levelled against him,” Magodora said.
The State alleged the offence was discovered by Superintendent Gadzirai Hita during a tour of the police station on February 20 following a tip off.
Hita, in his affidavit set to be produced in court, said:
“I discovered that the serial numbers could not tally with the serial numbers of the notes presented for inspection.
“I also further discovered the denominations of the notes could not tally with information in the book.
“The R20 recorded in the book as a single note was now in R10 X 2 notes.”
Magodora said Kasu has since appeared before a disciplinary hearing within the police force.
“He appeared before the disciplinary hearing as a self-actor, but now as we go to the criminal court we will be defending the accused,” Magodora said.