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Biti clerk’s trial postponed as lawyer fails to attend

Supply: Biti clerk’s trial postponed as lawyer fails to attend | Herald (Crime)

Prosper Dembedza-Courtroom Correspondent

THE trial of a authorized clerk with Tendai Biti Legislation Chambers, who’s going through two recent counts of fraud, didn’t kick off yesterday after his lawyer failed to show up.

On the final sitting, the trial was postponed after the clerk, Constantine Chaza, advised the court docket that he wanted particular paperwork to organize his defence.

Harare Justice of the Peace Mrs Munashe Chibanda deferred the matter to April 29 for trial graduation.

On the primary rely, it’s alleged that on February 26, 2020 on the Excessive Courtroom in Harare, Chaza tendered a pretend particular energy of lawyer from Eliot Rogers within the matter by which the complainant, Tendai Mashamhanda, was the opposite half. The court docket acted upon the misrepresentation and allowed Chaza to file the papers.

The matter got here to gentle when Mashamhanda managed to contact Rogers in the UK who denied giving Chaza any energy of lawyer and the matter was reported to the police.

The particular energy of lawyer tendered by Chaza was checked out by the CID Forensic Laboratory for evaluation along with different paperwork that Eliot Rogers signed and it was allegedly found that the paperwork weren’t signed by the identical individual.

On the second rely, it’s alleged that on October 18, 2021 on the Excessive Courtroom in Harare, Chaza once more allegedly tendered a pretend particular energy of lawyer from Rogers in one other case.

It’s alleged that the matter got here to gentle when the complainant, Piwayi Chiutsi, famous that the signature on the particular energy of lawyer dated September 27 2015 was totally different from the signature by Rogers on an affidavit completed on October 7 2014 and a report was made to the police,

Investigations revealed that the 2 signatures weren’t authored by the identical individual. Chaza is on $5 000 bail on one other matter involving perjury prices after allegedly submitting a false assertion beneath oath on the Excessive Courtroom.

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