Latwell Nyangu

BUSINESSMAN Bernard Bruce Chiweshe, who is popularly known as Bento, has been acquitted in a fraud case involving US$22000.

Chiweshe was in April this year convicted of defrauding his ex-girlfriend of US$22 000, which was meant to buy a car.

Unhappy with the outcome of the trial, Bento noted an appeal against conviction before the High Court on May 8.

“His appeal has been upheld, his conviction by the court a quo has been quashed after the State indicated in its response that it could not support the conviction by the court a quo and consented to the appellant’s appeal,” said his lawyer, Dumisani Mtombeni.

“The two judges of the Criminal Appeal court — Justices Kwenda and Foroma — found favour with the consent filed and our appeal and upheld the appeal and pronounced that the conviction is hereby quashed.

“No evidence of any alleged misrepresentation by appellant or intention to defraud nor proof of alleged prejudice was placed before the court a quo.”

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