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Bogus Lawyer Slapped With 10-Month Jail Term

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By Pamela Machidha

A bogus Chitungwiza lawyer has been slapped with a 10-month jail term by the Zvishavane Magistrate after being found guilty of contravening dragged Chapter 27:7 “holding out as or pretending to be a lawyer”.

Joseph Chigwedegwere (42) was not asked to plead when he appeared before Zvishavane Magistrate Charity Tonongera.

It was the state’s case that, on October 8 at 8:30 hours the accused proceeded to Zimbabwe prisons and correctional services Zvishavane, introduced himself as a lawyer who wanted to see an inmate prisoner who was convicted in a case of rape.

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It is alleged that the accused produced his lawyer’s practising certificate inscribed Masawi and partners legal practitioners and handed it over to the Prisoners who discovered it was a counterfeit certificate.

Magistrate Tonongera sentenced him to 10 months behind bars 6 months suspended on the condition of not committing a similar offence for the next five years.

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