Former Highlanders midfielder Kuda Mahachi has been acquitted of theft charges after a magistrate established there was bad blood between the soccer star and his sister Meline who was the complainant.
Mahachi was charged with theft after he allegedly snatched and damaged a XP iphone belonging to Meline as part of concerted efforts to destroy evidence in a case in which he is being accused of scalding his four-year-old son with boiling water.
He was acquitted at the close of the State’s case.
In acquitting the Superspot midfielder, Bulawayo magistrate Vivian Ndlovu said the State failed to prove the essential elements of the case.
The magistrate noted that Meline made it clear that she willingly gave the phone to Mahachi during cross examination.
Court also ruled there were inconsistencies in her evidence.
During the trial, prosecutors called four witnesses including the complainant and her neighbor Chaka Mafaro.
Mahachi was represented by Nkosiyabo Sibanda and Tinashe Runganga from Tanaka Law Chambers.