A man who snatched a businessman's estranged wife has been arrested and hauled before a magistrate on trumped up charges.

This is according to the man's lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa who has protested to the Police Commissioner-General, Augustine Chihuri, complaining over the alleged abuse of police arresting powers.

Mtetwa said officers at Borrowdale Police Station refused to record complaints from her client, Tim Trombas, who was allegedly being victimised by a well-known businessman, Simon Rudland.
She alleged Trombas approached the police station on three different occasions to report threats from Rudland, but the police locked him up over false charges instead.

In her letter to Chihuri, Mtetwa said the police had grossly abused their powers when arresting Trombas on May 14 this year.
“For some time, prior to the arrest, Trombas was bombarded with crude, insulting and threatening messages from Rudland in contravention of the Posts and Telecommunications Act,” the letter read.
Trombas appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court last Monday facing allegations of stealing from Rudland.

Mtetwa said the charges were false, but the police were allegedly being influenced by a bitter Rudland, who was divorcing his wife, Leigh, who was now believed to be Trombas’ girlfriend.

“Rudland had been unlawfully intercepting his estranged wife’s telephone and email communication with Trombas,” she said. “On May 14, 2016, senior police officers, including one Runganga from Law and Order, military counter intelligence officers, drug squad and CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) officers adding up to 27 people attended Mrs Rudland’s home,” she said.

“The police falsely sought entry on the basis that it was a follow-up visit in connection with criminal charges that had been laid by Mrs Rudland against her estranged husband, Rudland and when she refused to open the gate, Mbizvo Nyathi (a top CIO agent) phoned Rudland asking how to raid the house, a clear indication that the police were acting on the instruction of Rudland.”