Nabbed over porn possession

13 Dec, 2019 - 10:12 0 Views
Nabbed over porn possession

H-Metro

Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter

AN employee from the office of the President and Cabinet appeared in court yesterday after he was found in possession of child porn videos through a tip off from Interpol Washington in the US.

Musandinetsa Machiya pleaded not guilty before Harare provincial magistrate Learnmore Mapiye.

Prosecutor Peter Kachirika alleged that on March 8 this year, the investigating officer Naphitary Ziwewe received a Cyber-tip from ZRP Harare Provincial Victim Friendly Coordinator that Facebook had reported possession, manufacturing and distribution of child porn from Muchiya’s Facebook account.

The tip was referred by Interpol Harare but had originated from Interpol Washington

The court heard that Muchiya’s Facebook account was opened in the name of Mussa Muchiya using his local number.

It is further alleged that on March 11, Muchiya was contacted by the police and invited to the police station where a warrant of search and seizure had been acquired to allow the police to seize his phone.

The phone was taken to the cyber lab where 11 videos were extracted and were yesterday played in court as exhibit.

In his defence Muchiya said the videos didn’t originate from him as his phone doesn’t have an application that manufactures videos adding that his phone number was linked to several WhatsApp groups so the videos could have been sent to his phone through those groups.

Muchiya also told the court in his defence outline that he didn’t know he had the videos in his phone when it was seized and his job in the President’s office doesn’t allow him to possess such content.

The matter was remanded to today for trial continuation.

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