No joy for suspected notorious machete welding gang

By Peter Chivhima

THREE members of a suspected notorious machete welding gang will remain behind bars after the High Court dismissed their bail appeal.

The trio, Adrian Zvivada, Last Mhlatini and Farai Hakamera had approached the High Court challenging the lower court’s decision to deny them bail during their initial court appearance. 

However, High Court Judge, Justice Davison Foroma did not find any justifiable reason to set aside the lower court’s decision adding that it was made in the public interest.

Allegations are that on September 8 last year, the gang brutally reportedly assaulted five complainants using machetes, knives and iron bars at Lonekop Village in Kadoma.

The court heard that during the assault the gang allegedly cut off the complainants’ ears and brutally attacked others with machetes.

Meanwhile, a 39-year-old Harare man, Cooper Trevor Antony appeared in court this Wednesday on allegations of unlawfully and intentionally cultivating dagga at his house in Borrowdale, Harare. 

Allegations are that on March 29 police officers from the CID and Narcotics discovered dagga after acting on information from members of the public.