Former model Priscilla Chigariro was in court on Tuesday for continuation of trial where she is facing charges of illegal possession of dangerous drugs.
Chigariro pleaded not guilty before Harare regional magistrate Loice Mukunyadzi.
Allegations are that on December 12 last year, detectives from CID Drugs and Narcotics received information to the effect that Chigariro was dealing in cocaine and a search warrant was granted by the Provincial Head magistrate.
The court heard that around 9:30pm, detectives from CID Drugs went to number 3 Tyward Close Ballantyne Park where Chigariro resides with her sister Ndaka.
Searches were conducted in the house and one sachet of cocaine was recovered in their bedroom from the wardrobe and they were taken to the police station.
Preliminary tests were conducted at CID Drugs in the presence of the two and the results were positive to cocaine and it was sent to CID Forensic Science Laboratory where further tests were carried out and tested positive and the recovered cocaine is valued at $800.
In her defence, Chigariro denied ever dealing in, abusing let alone the possession of drugs as alleged and it came as an absolute shock to them when the CID Drugs officers came to their residence armed with a search warrant whereupon they found a sachet of cocaine amongst Chigariro’s clothes.
The Chigariro sisters in their defence also claimed that they suspect that this drug could have been planted in their bedroom by a maid at the behest of Chigariro’s estranged husband Allen Aleskey Gessen with whom they have had a plethora of litigation in both civil and criminal magistrates’ courts some of which are still pending.
Chigariro also claims that in October last year, her estranged husband had orchestrated a plan to frame her for possession of drugs while she was in Russia and the ploy failed because she was tipped by a former driver and stated that at the material time, she had two maids and one of them Pamela Misesa disappeared from work immediately after the search before being paid.
They also stated that the premises have a total of 10 buildings and when the police came to search one of the buildings were being renovated so many people were in and out.
They added that they were sharing the model’s bedroom as a security measure because they had been attacked by some bouncers hired by her estranged husband and reports were made and some suspects have been arrested.-H Metro