A HARARE man, Taurai Michael Madziwa, who was last month slapped with a 12-month jail term for wielding a pellet gun while posing as a police detective, yesterday appeared at the High Court applying for bail pending appeal.
Madziwa (27) is currently serving a jail term following his conviction on a charge of possessing articles for criminal use after being found in possession of a pellet pistol, police identity card and some handcuffs.
His application could not be heard yesterday after prosecutor Sharon Fero told High Court judge Justice Garainesu Mawadze that she had not had ample time to file the State’s response.
The matter was deferred to tomorrow.
Madziwa, who is represented by Meme Rumbidzai Zvimba, is seeking to be remanded out on bail, arguing that trial magistrate Tendai Mahwe erred in failing to suspend a portion of the sentence.
The court heard that on November 3 last year, police detectives were tipped off that Madziwa, a graphic designer, was masquerading as detective stationed at CID Homicide in Harare.
Police heard that Madziwa was walking around in possession of an unidentified pistol which he was using to instil fear in his victims.
Madziwa was later arrested in the city centre and taken to his place of residence where a fake Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) identity card bearing his particulars, a pellet pistol and a pair of handcuffs were recovered from his room.