Cop acquitted of obstruction of justice

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A POLICE officer based at Lupane police station who was facing charges of blocking the arrest of a kombi driver, who failed to stop at a stop sign along the Bulawayo–Harare highway has been acquitted.

BY SILAS NKALA

Isaac Madaka (35) pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempting to obstruct the course of justice when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove.

The magistrate last week found him not guilty and acquitted him. The magistrate said the State failed to prove a prima facie case against him and the witnesses’ evidence failed to bring a clear case against him.

The prosecutor, Kudakwashe Jaravaza told the court that on May 29, Madaka was in a Toyota Quantum travelling towards Gweru.

The commuter omnibus approached the 101 kilometre peg along the Bulawayo-Harare Road, where the driver, whose name was not stated, was arrested for failure to stop at a stop sign.

Madaka disembarked from the commuter omnibus and approached the police officer at a road block and tried to stop them from arresting the driver.

This led to his arrest.