Cop bashing lands trio in trouble

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THREE Harare man have appeared before the magistrates’ courts facing charges of assaulting a police officer during last week’s protests over the planned introduction of bond notes and government’s failure to create jobs.

BY MARY TARUVINGA

Tinashe Wellington Macharika (33), Alick Nakomo (21) and Chaponda Ndlovu (36) appeared before magistrate, Jessie Kufa charged with resisting or assaulting law officers.

The trial, however, failed to start, as their lawyer, Jeremiah Bamu was only furnished with State papers yesterday.

Macharika and his alleged accomplices initially appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe last week and were released on $50 bail each.

Their matter was remanded to August 16 for trial commencement.

According to the State, the three committed the offence on August 3 along Nelson Mandela Avenue in Harare. The court heard the trio were part of the crowd that was dispersed by the police.

Allegations are that they saw the complainant, Charles Nemazvuru, who is attached to the police protectin unit, walking along Nelson Mandela Avenue, clad in uniform.

They then allegedly chased him before Macharika tried to trip him.

Prosecutors allege that Nakomo then picked a brick, which he threw at the officer, but missed him.

He allegedly picked another brick and hit the officer in the back.

The court heard Nemazvuru fell down. Macharika then took off Nemazvuru’s shoes and put it in his bag.

The cop crawled to safety at a nearby pharmacy and was later rescued by another police officer, Austin Chipere, who was leading the ZRP support unit, before arresting the three.

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