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A DESPERATE Mutare man trying to secure freedom for his incarcerated brother-in-law lost $500 to a conman who promised to get him released from remand prison, a local court heard.

The suspect, Tatenda Makanza, 31, appeared before Mutare magistrate Sekai Chiwundura last week facing fraud charges.

Prosecutor Cuthbert Bhosha told the court that Makanza, who usually frequents the Mutare Magistrates’ Court, approached Alois Chikuvire, 49, and told him that he had links with prosecutors and could help his incarcerated brother-in-law secure bail provided he paid him US$500 to grease the palms of the law officers.

Chikuvire duly complied and gave Makanza the cash.

The court heard that on March 31 this year, Chikuvire’s brother-in-law was again remanded in custody to April 14.

After the court session, Chikuvire approached Makanza and asked why his brother-in-law was not released from remand.

Makanza told him it was too early for the court to grant bail.

On April 14, Chikuvire’s brother-in-law was again remanded in custody to April 28 and he tried to look for Makanza who was nowhere to be found.

Chikuvire realised that he had been duped and reported the case to the police leading to Makanza’s arrest.

Source : New Zimbabwe