Evicted farmer jailed for more than a week

An elderly farmer who was evicted from his farm several years ago as part of the land grab campaign, has spent more than a week behind bars as the battle for his new home intensifies.

74 year old Peter Hingeston was forced off his Lowveld sugar cane farm in the mid 2000s and ‘retired’ to a house and plot of land in Vumba. But it’s believed that a top police official wants that property and for the last four years Hingeston has been fighting to stay there.

The President of the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU), Charles Taffs, told SW Radio Africa on Friday that Hingeston was meant to appear in court last Friday. But Hingeston, who suffers from high blood pressure and who Taffs said “is not a well man,” missed his court date for medical reasons.

“He had a legitimate medical reason and excuse for not making that court appearance. His lawyer said it would be fine, and in a normal situation is would be,” Taffs explained.

But Hingeston was arrested on the same day he missed that court date and has been held behind bars ever since.

A very angry Taffs explained that the police are delaying Hingeston’s bail attempts, with excuses that the case details have been ‘mislaid’. The former farmer will now remain behind bars until next week, after a bail hearing was postponed on Friday.

“This is absolutely unacceptable! This has nothing to do with land reform. This is just about greed. We are hearing that there is a police official from Mutare who wants this house, and that is all that this is about,” Taffs said.

He added: “We have no one to turn to. No courts, no political party, no police to help. No one. And it is completely unacceptable!” Taffs said.

Hingeston is expected to face a bail hearing next Tuesday. SW Radio Africa

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