18 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Brothers Nabbed for Extortion

Three Seke brothers who extorted US$1 700 from a desperate villager in a stand deal escaped jail when they had their prison term wholly suspended. Moses (46), Tirivangani (43) and Donald Chitsvatsva had denied the extortion charges.

However, Chitungwiza magistrate Mr Kudakwashe Jarabini found the trio guilty after prosecutor Mr Tendai Mukariri proved a case against them.

He sentenced each of them to a wholly suspended six months prison term on condition that Moses and Tirivangani gave back the US$1 200.

Donald will have to pay US$500 to Blessing Mphandwe (30) of Unit B in Chitungwiza.

The court heard that on May 10 2011, Maphandwe was allocated a piece of land to buy by a person identified as Mrs Matekenya.

Moses and Tirivangani in company of another man, approached her and threatened to remove her from the land unless she gave them US$1 200.

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