Driver Arrested For Kidnapping Police Officer

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Driver Arrested For Kidnapping Police Officer :

A daring Buhera man who allegedly kidnapped a police officer who was escorting him to the police station after his arrest at a roadblock for disregarding the curfew appeared before a local magistrates’ court.

The accused Election Makaripe (47) of Tama village under Chief Chamutsa in Buhera appeared before magistrate Poterai Gwezhira facing charges of disregarding the curfew, kidnapping a police officer and escaping from lawful custody.

According to iHarare, Makaripe pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody to April 30 for trial.

The court heard that on February 25, 2021 at around 2130hours, at the 125km peg along Mutare-Masvingo highway, Makaripe was arrested at a roadblock while driving a white twin cab Ford Ranger for disregarding the curfew.

Makaripe was ordered by Sergeant Makani to drive his vehicle to the police post under the escort of Constable Creamson Chataika.

While on their way, Makaripe, reportedly changed the route and drove to a secluded place at Birchenough Bridge business centre where he stopped and disembarked from the car.

Constable Chataika tried in vain to handcuff Makaripe who wrestled off his grip.

In an effort to resist being handcuffed, Makaripe is alleged to have picked a tyre lever and threatened to strike the police officer if the latter persisted with taking him to the police station.

Fearing for his life, Constable Chataika just watched by as Makaripe vanished from the scene.

Makaripe was finally arrested on the 27th of February at Birchenough Bridge business centre after he failed to produce a driver’s license. He was taken to a local police station.

Makaripe pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody to April 30 for trial.

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