Local businessman, Tony Renato Sarpo has accused the Zimbabwe Republic Police officers of supplying guns to civilians whom he claims used the hired weapons to harass him.
This was revealed in mitigation submissions which were written and submitted by Sarpo after the latter was convicted on 3 December 2019 of theft of trust property in case number CRB 6944/19.
Sarpo accuses the police officers of supplying guns to the complainants in the matter, Wayne Williams, Regis Maburutse, Solomon Mateta and Raymond Mufudza to harass him as a result he is now suffering from a heart disease.
“The accused (Tony Renato Sarpo) is an old man aged 55 years, who claims to be suffering from a heart condition as a result of stress emanating from the constant harassment by the complainants (Wayne Williams, Regis Maburutse ,Solomon Mateta and Raymond Mufudza) and hired guns from the police. In the year 2017, the accused claims to have undergone a heart procedure which places him on continuous permanent medication and medical reviews after every six months,” read part of the mitigation submissions.
Sarpo was convicted by Harare Magistrate, Nyasha Lee Vitorini of breaching a trust agreement between Matebeleland Engineering (Pvt) Ltd and himself after he sold a motor vehicle belonging to the company.
Magistrate Vitorini then sentenced Sarpo to 12 months imprisonment of which six months were suspended for three years on condition he does not within that period commit any offence involving dishonesty for which he would be sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine.
The remaining six months were suspended on condition that accused (Sarpo) completes 210 hours of community service at Z.R.P. Morris Depot.