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Burglars break into Chief Justice’s office

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DARING thieves broke into Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku’s offices on Sunday and stole a desktop computer and a television set, in circumstances that have left the entire Judicial Service Commission (JSC) baffled.

CHARLES LAITON
SENIOR COURT EREPORTER

This is the first time burglars have broken into a judge’s office although reports of break-ins have been recorded at magistrates’ courts countrywide.

In a statement, JSC acting secretary Justice Rita Makarau said the alleged break-in was discovered when court officials reported for duty yesterday.

“The acting secretary of the JSC wishes to inform that the offices of the Chief Justice, the Honourable GG Chidyausiku, located at Mashonganyika Building, were broken into,” Justice Makarau said.

“We believe this occurred during the night of Sunday August 31 2014. The burglary was discovered during the morning of Monday September 1 2014. His desktop computer and a television set are amongst some of the items that were stolen.”

She, however, allayed fears that the incident could have an effect on matters before the courts.

“We are still assessing whether any other assets of the Chief Justice or the JSC were also stolen during the break-in. We would like to assure the public that the loss of the Chief Justice’s computer has no effect on any court matters or judgments pending before the Chief Justice or the Supreme and/or Constitutional Court,” Justice Makarau said. She said police were already investigating the matter.

Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident, saying: “We received the report and police are investigating the matter.”

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