March 10, 2023

State seeks businessman incarceration

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A Harare businessman James Landon facing fraud allegations involving aircrafts found himself back in court accused of interfering with witnesses in the matter.

Landon appeared before regional magistrate Stanford Mambanje with the State seeking to have his bail revoked.

The State led evidence from the complainant Adam Lincoln Woodington who averred that Landon texted him and his friends saying he wanted to end him.

Claims are that Landon also texted one Hastings Jairosi Lombadzi who is in Malawi and also a witness in the matter and that he is also behind published newspaper articles which tarnished him.

Landon represented by Munyaradzi Midzi and Innocent Chingarande disputed the allegations saying he never interfered with Woodington and that there is no evidence which points to interference.

The magistrate will give a ruling on Friday.

The matter emanated from allegations that in 2019 Landon misrepresented that owned an aircraft which was a Pilatus PC12 and that he wanted a partner to enter into a joint venture to run the aircraft operations yet it was not his.
The aircraft reportedly belonged to J.A Bredenkemp.

It is said Woodington developed interest and invested US$1 250 000 towards the repair of the aircraft.

The plane was reportedly repaired and operations began in Maputo, Johannesburg and Harare between 2020 and 2022 during which period it is alleged that Landon evaded Woodington and converted the money to his own use.

Reports are that he has managed to pay back US$1 000 000 and US$250 000 is still outstanding.

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