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'Cops pointed gun at me' - Ganja farmer

by Simbarashe Sithole
22 Sep 2017 at 19:24hrs | Views
A 52-year-old Mbire cannabis farmer accused two police constables of allegedly pointing a gun at him, forcing him to plead to dagga cultivation, Guruve resident magistrate heard today.

Snake Tembo (52) of Kunyeti village chief Mutsiwo pleaded not guilty to cannabis cultivation and was granted $50 bail.

The matter was remanded to 26 September 2017 by resident magistrate Mr Shingirai Mutiro.

According to the public prosecutor Mr Albert Mazhindu on 5 September 2017 ,working on a tip off police operatives approached the accused around 23:00hours at his homestead and ordered him to go and show them his cannabis in his garden.

The accused refused and subsequently took the operatives to his garden where he had 150 plants which were 100 -145cm.

He is reported to have uprooted his cannabis in the presents of the police and they were taken as exhibit in court.

In his defence Tembo said he pleaded to the police as he was pointed a gun and threatened to be blown off by two female officers constable Tsitsi Mahuswa and constable Grace Mafukidze.

"The two officers came in the mid night and pointed a gun at me forcing me to admit to the charge.

"We went to my garden and surprising 100 meters away there was cannabis which they forced me to uproot since they were holding a gun I complied," he said.

The two officers both dismissed pointing a gun at the accused.

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