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Cop turned loan shark up for assault


A POLICE detective allegedly involved in a money lending business assaulted a female teacher under her feet with a broom stick after she failed to pay $30 interest for the $100 she had borrowed.

Nokuthaba Dlamini
Own Correspondent

Ellium Eckem Mashavakure (28) pleaded not guilty to contravening Section 89 of the (Criminal Law Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23 ‘assault’ when he appeared before Victoria Falls resident magistrate Sharon Rosemani last week. Mashavakure was remanded out of custody to February 21 for trial.

Prosecutor Takunda Ndovorwi told the court that sometime in June last year Catherine Siziba of house number 6454 Mkhosana Township and a teacher at Victoria Falls Education Centre (VFEC) borrowed $100 from Sekani Musecho of 6252 Mkhosana. The two agreed that Mashavakure would repay the money with an additional $30 as interest.

In September, Siziba paid back Musecho $100 but did not pay the interest as agreed. Masecho reported the matter to Mashavakure and on November 13, last year, he arrested Siziba and took her to the Victoria Falls police station.

He questioned Siziba who did not show any willingness to pay the interest. Mashavakure then ordered her to sit down and remove her shoes.

He allegedly picked up a broom stick and assaulted her under her feet and body until the broom broke into pieces. A report was made to the police leading to his arrest.

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