|Taxi driver fakes robbery|
|Tuesday, 12 June 2012 19:10|
A TAXI driver on Monday stage-managed a robbery and provided police with false information by claiming that some four robbers manhandled him and took away his car and other goods worth hundreds of dollars.
Archlaph Muzarawetu (19) who was employed as a taxi driver was involved in car accident with a borrowed Nissan Sunny belonging to Garikayi Murahwa and was not man enough to face the owner after the car was extensively damaged and decided to provide the police with false information.
He was arrested and appeared in court on Tuesday for contravening Section 180 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act 9:23 (supplying false information to a public authority).
He was sentenced to pay a fine of $100 or 30 days imprisonment when he appeared before Mutare magistrate, Mr Charles Murove on Tuesday.
He told the courts that he was afraid to face Murahwa and cover the expenses since he had no money.
The acting Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Sergeant Muzondiwa Clean said Muzarawetu who was employed as a taxi driver for only three days by Murahwa submitted to the police that he was hired by someone at a local night club at around 1am on June 4 to Darlington medium-density suburb.
"He lied that on reaching Stand Number 7624, Robert Mugabe Road, the person ordered Muzarawetu to stop since he had reached his destination. He complied and the man got out of the vehicle and moved over to Muzarawetu's door.
“Three other people suddenly appeared from the blues and ordered him to get out of the car. One of the 'accused' hurriedly got into the car and started reversing while three others assaulted him. He surrendered all the cash and other goods which include an LG cell phone, jacket, blue short and a pair of shoes before the quartet sped off.
"He even lied that he was left stranded and sought some help. Upon being further quizzed after we realised some irregularities from his submissions, he later confessed that he actually had a car accident and was not prepared to pay for the expenses since the car had been severely damaged," he said.
The case came barely a month after a Mutare man, Ngoni Muhambira, was arrested and fined for faking a female rapists attack.
Police has promised to bring to book all culprits who supply false information to the police.
"We are deeply worried by the increasing number of these cases and we will leave no stones unturned in bringing to book all those who attempt to provide false information to the police. We should make it clear that providing a false report is an offence," said Sgt Clean.