Convict sneaks out of court, disables recording machine

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A 21-YEAR-OLD convict last Friday brought business at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts to a standstill, sending heads of security services rolling, after escaping from lawful custody, only to be re-arrested while hiding behind a magistrate’s seat in one of the court rooms.

BY MARY TARUVINGA

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Guyllod Tinashe Kubamharira was re-arrested after hours of searching, when he disappeared just after appearing before Harare magistrate, Nomsa Sabarauta, who had convicted him on a charge of tampering with a vehicle.

Prior to escaping from lawful custody, Kubamharira had pleaded guilty to both counts of tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful entry and was sentenced to two years imprisonment of which six months had been suspended on condition of good behaviour.

Prosecutor, Patience Chimusaru said Kubamharira committed the offence on August 16 this year, when the director of Very Best Driving School, Tendai Chapaambwa, secured and parked his vehicle at Joina City basement parking.

The court heard that Kubamharira broke into the vehicle and turned the radio on.

A security guard later reported the case to police, leading to his arrest.

However, after sentence Kubamharira sneaked out of the courtroom, sending prison guards into panic, as they combed the premises looking for him.

Kubamharira was later found hiding behind a magistrate’s chair in one of the courtrooms. As if that was not enough, he had also stolen a part of the recording machine.

When he was quizzed over the theft, Kubamhaira said he had actually been looking for the said item.