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Criminal Nuisance, Assault Charges Laid Against Man Who Shot At High Court Judge's Vehicle

Criminal Nuisance, Assault Charges Laid Against Man Who Shot At High Court Judge's Vehicle

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has laid criminal nuisance and assault charges against the Harare man who last week shot at High Court judge, Emiliah Muchawa’s vehicle using a pellet gun.

Nation Musekiwa, 34, a resident of Goodhope, Westgate, was Wednesday hauled before Harare magistrate Evelyn Mashayakure to answer to the charges.

He initially pleaded guilty to the charge but later changed his plea to not guilty, ZimLive reported.

This resulted in his matter being postponed to March 8 for trial.

The State alleges that on January 31 this year, the judge was driving home with her husband Panganai Muchawa in her silver Land Rover Discovery when they observed Musekiwa’s Honda Civic vehicle following them.

Musekiwa overtook them, heading towards the direction of their residence and parked close to their main gate entrance.

He allegedly fired a shot in the air, forcing the couple to seek refuge at Justice Chinembiri Bhunu’s home.

The state alleges that Constables Kambamura and Chidaushe who were on duty on the day, opened the gate after the frightened judge had hooted.

Musekiwa then drove away.

The judge made a police report with the scene later attended by the police officers who managed to pick up a blank 9mm cartridge on the tarred road outside the judge’s home.

On February 1, Musekiwa called the judge earlier advising her that he was the one who had fired the shot. He later handed himself to Harare Central police station.

The recovered pellet gun was sent to CID Ballistics for examination and a ballistics report will be produced in evidence.

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