FOUR villagers who allegedly stole fruits from a truck that had overturned near Nyamakate along the Harare-Chirundu Highway have been dragged to court.
Muchaneta Shoko (34), Malvern Kachingamire (27) Rita Marigachando (22) and Ellen Ndlovu (44) were not asked to plead when they appeared before magistrate Tapiwa Banda. They were granted free bail and remanded to October 12, 2023.
According to the State, the complainant is Mwanje Emmie, a Zambian truck driver. On September 21, 2023 Emmie was driving a haulage truck carrying oranges, apples and naartjies along Harare-Chirundu Highway.
He lost control of the truck at the 265km peg along the highway and overturned. Villagers rushed to the scene intending to loot the load. Police from Makuti came to thescene and managed to disperse the crowd.
At about 1845 hours on the same day when the load was being transferred to another truck, villagers started throwing stones towards the police officers guarding the truck.
Two police officers were struck with some stones and fled from the scene, and the accused looted the fruits.
Police later made a follow-up on the accused persons and recovered some of the fruits from the accused.
Careen Musiiwa prosecuted.
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