Tendai Gukutikwa Post Correspondent
A NYANGA woman has been hauled before the courts for contravening the Precious Stones Trade Act after she was found in possession of 20 pieces of diamonds. Abigirl Muchesa (34) of Village 10 Nyarumvurwe was not asked to plead to the charge when she appeared before Mutare provincial magistrate, Mr Tendai Mahwe.
She is alleged to have contravened Section 3 (1) as read with Section 3 (2) of the Precious Stones Trade Act Chapter 21.06. The court heard that on January 17, police officers received information that Machesa, who was being treated at St Joseph Hospital, was in possession of some diamonds.
The cops quickly reacted to the tip off and went to the hospital. When they arrived at the hospital, the suspect had been discharged. They however, managed to track her and intercepted her at Hobhouse bus termini in the Central Business District. The police officers informed her of their intention to search her for diamonds and Muchesa voluntarily took a plastic from one of her pockets and handed it to the cops.
The plastic contained 20 pieces of diamonds which were subsequently recovered. The diamonds were recovered and taken as exhibits while Muchesa was subsequently arrested. Mr Mahwe granted her $100 bail. As part of her bail conditions Muchesa was ordered to keep residing at her given address as well as to report once every fortnight on Fridays at Nyanga Police Station.