Monday, 2 May 2016

Vic Falls cop ‘steals $2k’

A police officer stationed in Victoria Falls has been arrested on allegations of stealing about $2,000 from the force. Constable Welvis Dumbu, 32, of Chinotimba suburb, was charged with three counts of theft of trust property when he appeared before Victoria Falls magistrate Rangarirai Gakanje. 

He was not asked to plead and remanded to May 10 on $50 bail.

As part of his bail conditions, Cst Dumbu was ordered to reside at his given address until the matter is finalised and not to interfere with witnesses.

His lawyer Givemore Muvhiringi said Cst Dumbu was arrested at 5PM on Saturday and was made to sit in the charge office for the whole night without being informed of his crime.

He described this as torture in terms of the Constitution. Takunda Ndovorwi, for the state, said investigations are still ongoing as it is suspected that there could be more crimes that the cop committed.

“Between the period November last year and April 19, the accused was at Victoria Falls police station and was in charge of handling cash and keys for a safe which had deposit fines from the Z68J book number 51/2015,” said the prosecutor.

Cst Dumbu was supposed to submit $855 to the accounts department at the Victoria Falls magistrates’ courts but he allegedly converted it to his own use.

On the second count, the court was told, Cst Dumbu pocketed $370 in police funds between March 18 and March 29. Of the amount, $115 was recovered when he attempted to return it.

“On the third count, between November 5, 2015 and March 31, 2016, the accused had $870 which he was supposed to submit to the ZRP PGHQ for the organisation’s activities but he converted the money to his own use.”

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