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Touts kidnap and assault Harare cop, leave him for dead

FOUR touts from Harare were recently arrested after they allegedly kidnapped a police officer, assaulted, and left him for dead on Wednesday.

The four suspects , Jonathan Tambama, George Nhodza, Taddy Kufazvinei, and Anyway Chapasuka appeared before Harare Magistrate Dennis Mangosi facing kidnapping and attempted murder charges.

The other co-accomplice, Liberty Nhodza who was driving the vehicle is still at large.

Magistrate Mangosi remanded them in custody to 1 July.

Allegations are that on 16 June this year, the four were touting for passengers in Harare’s Central Business District when Sergeant Piyasi who was in the company of four other police officers attempted to arrest them.

The four accused allegedly grabbed the police officer, shoved him into an unregistered Toyota Wish vehicle, and drove off.

The four touts then assaulted the police officer with an iron bar, clenched fists and booted feet and shoved his head, and forced him beneath the seats of the vehicle until he fell unconscious.

They allegedly dumped him somewhere between Epworth and Sunway City on the outskirts of Harare.

The police officer was rescued by a passerby, who took him to Central Police Station.

The officer was taken to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals where he was admitted pending treatment.

He sustained a swollen face, swollen limbs, and a suspected fractured arm. ■

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