Chipinge cop uses service pistol to recover his debt


CHIPINGE – A Chipinge cop is in court after he allegedly impounded property belonging to his debtor. He allegedly used force in the process including threatening the complainant with a pistol.

Alex Shati was accompanied by two other cops, Innocent Masimba and Cerdrick Godknows Singo when he impounded goods from Richard Ngadziore.

The three are being charged with theft. They appeared before Chipinge Magistrate Christopher Maturure.

Prosecutor Themba Dhliwayo said on April 6, 2019, Shati met Ngadziore in Chipinge and gave him $360 and R800 to buy him 60kg of macadamia nuts.

On April 18, 2019, Ngadziore told Shati that the macadamia nuts he had bought were stolen. Shati demanded his money back.

On May 4, Shati, Masimba and Singo went to Ngadziore’s homestead at Manyaya Village under Chief Mutema, produced a pistol and pointed it at Ngadziore while demanding his money back. Masimba allegedly hit Ngadziore on the face and forced the complainant to sign some papers. Singo allegedly went on to handcuff Ngadziore.

The trio impounded Ngadziore’s property including two Ecco speakers, four gigabyte memory cards, memory stick, 2.8-meter speaker cable and 80 Watts solar panel which Shati removed from the roof. The accused drove Ngadziore to Junction Gate Township where they later released him without his property.

Ngadziore reported to Police leading to the arrest of the three and recovery of the stolen property from Shati’s house.

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