Man in court for impersonating a police officer

By Fungai Jachi

A 28-year-old man who allegedly impersonated a police officer in a bid to steal from a Harare woman has appeared in court.

Beven Mujanga is facing charges of impersonation and possessing articles for criminal use.

It is alleged that Mujanga went to the complainant’s house and introduced himself as a police officer.

The court heard that he informed the complainant of his intention to search the house after accusing her of possessing a stolen television set.

The State further alleged that the complainant refused to grant him access to the house but Mujanga insisted before he was stopped by neighbours who then called the police.

The court heard that the accused was arrested after it was discovered that he was a bogus police officer.

He was also found in possession of a knife and a police uniform shirt.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Owen Pfani, who allegedly defrauded a complainant of more than one million Zimbabwe dollars in a botched deal has appeared in court facing charges of fraud.

The court heard that the accused misrepresented to the complainant that he had paid for beverages worth one million seven hundred and seventy-seven Zimbabwe dollars and forged proof of payment slips to deceive the complainant.

The complainant discovered that there was no money deposited into his account and reported the matter to the police after the accused became evasive.

He was remanded out of custody to the 24th of next month.

Still at the courts, a land baroness Memory Mugabe who allegedly swindled a home seeker of more than eleven thousand United States dollars in a residential stands scam will spend another night in remand prison after her bail ruling was deferred to this Tuesday.

The State argued that Mugabe has pending matters of the same nature and is likely to skip bail.

In another case, 36-year-old Danny Makiyi who is facing charges of attempted rape was advised to apply for bail at the High Court when he appeared in court this Monday.

Allegations are that Makiyi dragged the 35-year-old complainant into a maize field in Glenview and tried to rape her.

The court heard that the complainant was rescued by a passerby who then called the police.