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Italian businessman, son sentenced to community service for intimidating partner

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By Staff Reporter

Eagle Italian Shoes (Pvt) Ltd director Francesco Marconati and his son, Alessandro will perform 105 hours of community service following their conviction on charges of disorderly conduct by intimidating their business partner to withdraw a case against them.

The two were given a three-month jail term which was wholly suspended on the condition that they perform community service.

Prosecutors alleged that the two attempted to intimidate Marconati business partner, Li Song into withdrawing charges against him.

Li was accusing Marconati of illegally removing her from her position in the company and the matter was before the courts when the parties had a confrontation.

During the trial, State prosecutor, Anesu Chirenje, told the court that Marconati and his son used abusive or insulting words to threaten Li at the Harare Magistrate’s Court premises.

In his ruling, the Magistrate Kandiyero said a custodial sentence was too harsh.

The magistrate said a fine would also only trivialise the offense which showed disrespect to the court system.

The magistrate also said first-time offenders should be spared from incarceration.

“The accused committed the offence outside the courthouse soon after attending the court session.

“This shows blatant disrespect of the courts. The accused tried to stifle the complainant’s right to get legal redress.

“The court finds no reason why the offenders should be incarcerated or given a suspended sentence given that there is no sign of reoffending,” said the magistrate.

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Mnangagwa commissions Kamativi Spodumene Mine

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Below are some images from Hwange, Kamativi Spodumene mine where President Emmerson Mnangagwa Friday commissioned the company’s 2.3 MT spodumene mining and processing project phase one.

Pictures by the Presidential Communications

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Mozambican national jailed 16 years for rape

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By Tinei Tuhwe

A 23-year old Mozambican will spend the next 16 years in a Zimbabwean prison following his conviction and sentencing for raping a minor.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the convict, whose name was not given, was convicted by a Chipinge magistrate after a full trial.

Prosecutors proved that the rape took place on March 12 this year.

The complainant, aged 13, was on her way from their homestead to a nearby business center in Chipinge.

“He grabbed her by the shoulders and dragged her to a nearby bush where he threatened her with a knife before raping her,” said the NPA in a statement.

The court heard the victim screamed for help and was heard by a passerby who rushed to the scene and rescued her while the suspect grabbed his clothes and took to his heels.

The matter was reported to the police leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.

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Nigeria recalls ‘toxic’ children’s cough syrup

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NIGERIA’S drug regulator has recalled a batch of Johnson & Johnson children’s cough syrup after tests showed it contained “an unacceptable high level” of a toxic and potentially fatal substance.

The substance, Diethylene glycol, “was found to cause acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said on Wednesday

It added that human consumption of the Diethylene glycol results in toxic effects, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death.

The substance has been linked to the recent deaths of dozens of children in Cameroon and The Gambia.

Laboratory tests on the recalled Benylin Paediatric syrup also showed that it caused “acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, the regulator added.

Neither Johnson & Johnson nor Kenvue – which owns the Benylin brand after becoming independent from Johnson & Johnson last year- have commented on the NAFDAC’s statement.

The syrup was manufactured in South Africa in May 2021 and had an expiry date of April 2024.

The syrup’s packaging says it can be used for relieving cough and congestive symptoms and for treating fever and other allergic conditions among children aged between two and 12 years.

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