HARARE businessman, James Patrick Landon, who is facing fraud charges, was back in court yesterday accused of interfering with witnesses set to testify against him.
He is embroiled in a US$1.5 million fraud case.
In his latest brush with the law, Landon appeared before magistrate Stanford Mambanje and the State filed an application to revoke his bail conditions.
The State said the application was based on allegations that he texted complainant, Adam Lincoln Woodington, violating his bail condition that he should not interfere with witnesses.
The State led evidence from Woodington, who told the court that Landon texted him and another witness, Hastings Jailosi Lumbadzi, who is based in Malawi.
He told the court that Landon was tarnishing his name in the newspaper in a bid to exonerate himself from the fraud charge pending in court.
Magistrate Mambanje is set to make a ruling today.
The court heard that in 2019, Landon allegedly misled Woodington into believing that he was the director of Nyasa Air Charter Limited.
Landon told Woodington that he owned a Pilatus PC12 aircraft and was seeking a partner to run the aircraft.
Landon actually jointly owned the plane with JA Bredenkamp.
Woodington developed an interest and invested US$1 250 000 for the repair of the aircraft.
After its repair, the plane started servicing the Maputo, Johannesburg and Harare routes between 2020 and last year.
Landon allegedly started evading Woodington and converted all earnings to his own use before disposing of the aircraft.
He managed to pay back US$1 million and remained US$250 000 in arrears.
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