Glen View murder case: Court to rule today

HARARE – High Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu is Tuesday expected to rule on an application for discharge filed by Glen View murder suspects.

The suspects, who were initially 29 before Rebecca Mafikeni died in remand prison last month, are accused of killing police inspector Petros Mutedza in May 2011.

Mafikeni was part of five suspects who had remained behind bars after Bhunu denied them bail on the basis that there was overwhelming evidence against them.

The other four still in custody are Last Maengahama, Tungamirai Madzokere, Yvonne Musarurwa and Simon Mapanzure.

The group, through their lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, advised the court of their intention to apply for discharge when prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba closed the state’s case in March this year.

In the application, Mtetwa urged Bhunu to free her clients on the basis that evidence adduced does not substantiate a case.

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

However, Nyazamba insisted the state had managed to prove a case against the suspects.

The activists are being charged with murder or alternatively public violence as defined in Sections 47 and 36 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

The State alleges that the group murdered Mutedza after he went to Glen View 3 as part of a team that was assigned to disperse a group of MDC supporters who were braaing and drinking alcohol.

The residents allegedly started shouting and began throwing stones, empty bottles, steel chair frames and other missiles at the police.

According to court papers, the police were out-numbered by the group and Mutedza rushed to a Nissan Hardbody truck which he mistakenly identified as a police vehicle.

He was hit by a brick on the left side of his head and fell down, the state said.

The group allegedly kicked him and he became unconscious, before he was rushed to Harare Central Hospital where he died on arrival.

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