Glen view cop murder: Judgement postponed

HARARE - High Court Judge Chinembiri Bhunu has postponed indefinitely the case of 29 Glen View residents accused of murdering police inspector Petros Mutedza in May 2011.

Bhunu yesterday shelved his ruling following an application for discharge at the close of the State’s case by the suspects’ lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.

Mtetwa told the court that prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba’s assertion that his witnesses were credible defies logic saying most of the witnesses “misled the court”.

Nyazamba in opposing the application said that one of the witnesses Spencer Nyararai presented a “rich testimony” that was crucial and reliable.

However, Mtetwa said Nyazamba’s allegation that the group conspired to commit the offence was tantamount to bringing another charge, different from the charges that her clients were facing.

“The State is now relying on conspiracy,” Mtetwa said. “None of the accused persons are charged with any allegations that they were part of a conspiracy. Conspiracy has to be specifically charged, for it to apply.”

Out of the 29 suspects, only five remain in custody after their freedom bid was turned down, following Bhunu’s ruling that they were a flight risk and that the state had a strong case against them. - Tendai Kamhungira

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