Chaos as gold panners attack 2 police officers and get away with cellphone worth US$25

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FOUR suspected gold panners have appeared in court facing charges of assaulting and robbing two police officers.

Mbekezeli Brighton Sibanda, Michael Khumalo, Lindani Mpala and Bhekani Ndlovu denied the allegations before Bulawayo regional magistrate Mr Dambudzo Malunga on Tuesday.

According to the State case, presented by prosecutor Mr Naison Chivayo, sometime in January last year, a suspected drunken police detective was coming from Pelandaba West shops headed to his home which is situated in Pumula South.

“Along the way he was confronted by an estimated number of six to seven men with torches on their foreheads, who demanded his cellphone before he ran for his life,” said Mr Chivayo.

After a hot pursuit he was captured, beaten up with iron bars and stabbed with an okapi knife on the side of his nose and robbed of his Samsung Trend mobile cellphone worth US$25.

Another police detective came to his rescue but was also chased by the gold panners who retired from beating the other police officer and ran after him to his home which was three stands away, where they vandalised his windows, entered unlawfully and attempted to steal his motor vehicle.

The matter was reported to the police, leading to the arrest of the four who were positively identified by the officers during an identification parade.

Mr Malunga remanded the four, who have been in custody for a year, to 23 March for the continuation of trial.

– Sunday News


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