Prison guard doctors robbery suspect’s medical report

A Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services officer is in trouble after he allegedly faked a medical report a bid to let a suspected armed robber off the hook.
Takawira Taderera (42) appeared at the Harare Magistrates Courts this Wednesday jointly charged with the armed robbery-accused Witness Nyarupa(44)on charges of defeating the course of justice.

It is the State’s case that on December 2, 2021, Nyarupa was arrested by detectives from CID Homicide Harare for four counts of armed robbery charges.

Nyarupa was placed on remand in custody pending completion of investigations.

Whilst at remand prison, the trial proceedings were stopped after Nyarupa indicated that he had hearing problems.

The State applied that Nyarupa to be medically examined by an audiologist.

On June 23 2023 , Nyarupa was taken to Audiomax clinic at number 93 Baines Avenue for examination by ZPCS officers.

An audio logical evaluation was conducted by the doctor and a report which concluded that Nyarupa could hear normally with both ears.

The report was sent to the ZPCS Harare Remand prison for further management.

Takaderera who is employed at ZPCS as a court orderly intercepted the report and crafted another medical report with a conclusion that Nyarupa is not able to hear.

The court heard that Taderera stamped the report using a ZPCS Harare remand clinic date stamp.

Taderera took the doctored report to Harare Magistrate’s court, on January 17 2024, the trial prosecutor requested the audiologist to come to court to
explain the medical report.

The audiologist came to court, and distanced herself from the report stating that it was different from which she tendered before.

It became apparent from the proceedings , that the report was doctored with intention to obstruct course of justice.

On January 23 2024, Nyarupa admitted to have connived with Taderera to intercept the medical report after interviews from police.

He implicated Taderera as his accomplice in facilitating his medical report.

Harare magistrate Mr Dennis Mangosi remanded the pair to Thursday for bail ruling.

Taderera, is represented by Malvin Mapako and Joseph Nemaisa.

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