6 October 2017
The trial of a 38-year-old police officer, who allegedly insulted Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba through a WhatsApp message failed to kick off yesterday.
The presiding magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta said the matter could not proceed to trial since the ‘court is overwhelmed’ and suggested that the two parties agree on another date.
However, prosecuting, Oscar Madhume told the court that the State is ready for trial and all the witnesses were available.
The matter was remanded to October 18.
James Mabasa, a police officer stationed at Police General Headquarters, initially appeared before magistrate Sabarauta charged with sending offensive messages over a phone and defeating or obstructing the course of justice.
Allegations are that on May 15, detectives from CID Homicide Harare, received anonymous WhatsApp message denigrating the Office of the Press and Public Relations Department and the personality of Snr Asst Comm Charamba.
Investigations carried out revealed that the phone number belonged to Mabasa and follow ups were made leading to his arrest.
He was reportedly searched and a Techno tablet and Astro cell phone were recovered from him.
His Techno Tablet was allegedly searched and the messages he sent on April 16 this year denigrating Snr Asst Comm Charamba were found.
He was reportedly taken to Harare Central Police Station where he was interviewed in connection with the messages.
During the interview, Mabasa reportedly grabbed the Techno tablet and smashed it on the floor in an effort to destroy the evidence