A Harare man who was accused of stealing eight eggs from a vendor before assaulting police officers was recently acquitted by the magistrate courts after a full trial due to lack of evidence.
Ivan Muremeredzo told magistrate Gedion Ruvetsa that he was a victim of police brutality after he produced medical reports showing he was injured when he was arrested early this year.
He told the court that when he approached the complainant, Margaret Chibvanyuke, who was selling the eggs, he was made to believe that she accepted mobile money transfer as payment.
A dispute arose when Chibvanyuke demanded cash and they agreed to resolve it at the nearby Harare Central Police Station.
Ruvetsa acquitted Muremeredzo at the close of the state case, saying he did not refuse to pay for the eggs, but it was the payment method that was in dispute.
There were also claims that the man had masqueraded as a Central Intelligence Organisation operative, which were not proven in court.