THE trial of Beitbridge area prosecutor Muchiwande Sithole, who is facing assault, kidnapping and attempted murder charges, resumes in the border town today.
BY OWN CORRESPONDENT
Visiting regional magistrate Collet Ncube is expected to make a ruling on Sithole’s application for discharge.
Sithole is accused of assaulting visually-impaired Clement Moyo and his guide Innocent Mike.
He is also alleged to have kidnapped and attempted to kill Gabriel Choruwa in September last year.
Through his lawyers Charles Zinyengerere and Patrick Tererai, Sithole has denied the charges, saying Moyo, Mike and Choruwa cooked up the allegations after he implicated them in a case of breaking into his house and stealing household goods.
The State, led by Elson Chavarika, also visiting specifically for this case, at the beginning of April closed its case after calling five witnesses comprising the complainants and two policemen.
If Sithole’s application for discharge fails, the trial will proceed today.
Between September 9 and 25 last year, Sithole allegedly went on the warpath after a break-in at his house, in which several household goods were stolen.
He allegedly instituted his own investigations which saw him “arrest” the complainants and beat them up inside his office in a bid to force them to admit to the theft charges.