Friday, 6 July 2012

Macheso dancer weeps in court

Macheso trouble son - Kagomera
Alick Macheso’s dancer, Peter Kagomera (24), yesterday wept in court while cross-examining a police officer he allegedly assaulted in a bid to avoid being arrested. Kagomera appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Ms Olivia Mariga for allegedly biting the police officer who wanted to arrest him.

When asked why he was crying, Kagomera accused the police of fabricating the case against him for being drunk and violent. “Your Worship, these police officers are lying against me since at one point they tried to solicit a bribe from me,” he said.
Kagomera denied the two counts of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. In his defence,  kagomera said he did not know that he was fighting a police officer since it was dark. He is jointly charged with Wellington Katsande (28) and his friend Blessing Chikonzo (26) both of Chitsvatsva Village, Seke. The two are facing charges of obstructing police from arresting Kagomera.

Ms Mariga remanded Katsande and Chikonzo in custody to July 9. This was after their bail application was dismissed. Kagomera was denied bail on the grounds that he was not a proper candidate as he allegedly fought the police and was likely to abscond.
Prosecutor Mr Henry Muringani told the court that on June 30 this year at Murisa Business Centre in Seke at 11pm, Kagomera had one too many at Chillers Bottle Store with his colleagues. It was then that he snatched a beer bottle from another patron, Tobias Gadzira (24), and smashed it to the ground.
 This caused commotion, attracting the police officers’ attention. Katsande and Chikonzo allegedly grabbed one of the police officers and took away his handcuffs. They ordered the officers not to arrest Kagomera, saying he was a famous person. Kagomera bit one of the police officers and escaped, but was arrested later.

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