Court Frees Chinese Business Owner Accused Of Pointing Firearm At Former Employees

A Chinese man, arrested for pointing a firearm at his aggrieved former employers was yesterday freed by Harare magistrate Learnmore Mapiye after he was found not guilty.

Mapiye set Xu Lei free after he managed to prove that all the five counts against him were not true.

Magistrate Mapiya said there was no evidence leading Xu Lei to the offence adding that it was hard to try and find a nexus between him and the offence as the facts were a bit far fetched with no proof.

This was after state prosecutor, Delight Mauto failed to prove that indeed on July 27, Farai Kondo, Simon Chikwanda and Tatenda Jenami had a labor dispute with Xu Lei prompting them to approach the National Council for the commercial sectors of Zimbabwe for recourse.

It is the state’s case that following a labor dispute, on July 31, the three proceeded to Xu Lei’s workplace to serve him with letters from the National Employment Council for the commercial sectors of Zimbabwe.

Upon their arrival they advised the receptionist of their intentions and this did not sit well with Xu Lei who drew his pistol and ordered the trio to vacate his premises with their papers.

The trio did not take hid of his call until he threatened to kill them while pointing his firearm at them, afterwards a report was made leading to the arrest of Xu Lei.