- A police officer in Zimbabwe reportedly swallowed bribe money in a bid to destroy evidence
- She was reportedly caught red-handed accepting the bribe from a motorist
- She attempted to escape but was eventually arrested
A Zimbabwean police officer in Southerton, Harare reportedly swallowed a cash bribe in a desperate bid to destroy evidence.
Detectives caught 35-year-old Grace Tsingano, an exhibits officer affiliated with the CID Vehicle Theft Squad, red-handed accepting a bribe from a motorist on March 8.
Prosecutors arraigned her at a court in Harare on Friday, April 14 on charges of criminal abuse of office.
During the hearing, the court heard that on March 7, Tsingano informed a motorist, named as Charles Mutama, that his car's chassis number was illegible.
Prosecutors said Mutama had brought in his car for change of ownership procedures when Tsingano threatened to impound it because of the illegibility of the chassis.
Prosecutors further accused Tsingano of demanding a bribe from Mutama, who agreed to pay half of it via a mobile money transfer service and the other half in cash the next day, March 8.
However, Mutama reportedly informed detectives of Tsingano's misdemeanor and the detectives set a trap on March 8 together with Mutama, which resulted in Tsingano being nabbed in the act.
The court heard that Tsingano resisted arrest, swallowed the cash bribe and managed to get away before being eventually arrested.
The cash bribe was however not recovered.
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