Thursday, 19 May 2016

High Court frees promoter Esau Hondora less than a week after robbery conviction

 Do not be surprised if you come across popular Gweru music promoter Esau Hondora and his sidekick Proud Mhaka later today. 

Hondora and Mhaka on the day they were convicted

Justice Nokuthula Moyo of the High Court has given them reprieve, setting bail at $100 each pending appeal.

Hondora and Mhaka’s attorney, Tonderai Chitere of Chitere Chidawanyika and Partners approached the High Court on the 17 of May and appealed against sentence. 

In his grounds of appeal, Chitere said the magistrate erred in convicting the pair in that there was no evidence proving all the essential elements of the crime.

“The learned magistrate erred in convicting appellants when in actual fact there was no evidence that there was common purpose in the commission of the crime,” read part of the application.

Chitere said by virtue of imposing a 12-months jail term for which 6 months were suspended on various conditions, it implied that the court felt that the offence was not as serious as the court said.

The pair had been convicted of robbery, where it was alleged they took $1300 and a Samsung Galaxy S6 worth $600 in broad daylight from Robson Vunganai who was parked outside Pick ‘n’ Pay Gweru.

Mhaka claimed complainant owed him $120.

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