Shooting victims appeal against cop's acquittal

HARARE - Six months after detective Luckmore Lapkin was acquitted on charges of shooting two Glen-view residents in a pub, he might soon have another day in court.

Kudakwashe Murwira and his colleague, Blessing Maisiri of Glen View 1, have refused to accept that Lapkin  a man who they say almost killed them after firing at them at a pub in March  last year  was innocent as the magistrate’s ruling says.

Maisiri, who claims to have a bullet lodged in his neck and his friend Murwira have taken their case to the Attorney General’s office demanding that the State appeal against the magistrate’s decision.

In his letter, Murwira, also writing on behalf of his ally, said he believes the magistrate misdirected himself when he freed the cop.

“The trial magistrate court erred accepting the evidence of the accused yet no single witness concurred with him. The reasoning of the court was not based on information,” read Murwira’s letter.

Lapkin, 27, who is still in police service, sometime in March last year visited a shebeen along 10th Crescent in Glen View.

The state claims that Lapkin was provoked by the shebeen owner, whose identity was not disclosed in the State papers, after referring to him as a member of the neighbourhood watch committee.

The utterances by the shebeen owner prompted the detective to place his service pistol on the pool table and ordered all the patrons to leave the premises.

The State claimed that as people were slowly leaving the premises through a small gate, Lapkin fired one shot at the exiting patrons and in the process the bullet hit the two complainants.
Maisiri and Murwira were rushed to hospital where they received treatment, but the bullet lodged in Maisiri’s neck could not be removed due to medical complications.

The two revellers, who cannot afford legal practitioners of their own, want the state to appeal on their behalf.

“I therefore, request your office to look into the issue and appeal against such decisions,” wrote Murwira to the AGs office. - Xolisani Ncube

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