Pathologist in no show at cops' murder trial

HARARE – Seven cops accused of murdering a Shamva resident over a stolen purse were Tuesday back in court as their trial failed to proceed due to procedural irregularities.

A Cuban doctor, Gabriel Aguero, who examined the body, failed to turn-up to testify after it emerged that he had not been served with a subpoena.

Aguero is the state’s last witness in the case involving Shamva Police Station officer-in-charge Aspias Shumba and his subordinates, who are accused of murdering Luxmore Chivambo.

Shumba’s other accomplices are Motion Jakopo, Simon Mafunda, Michael Makwalo, Lee Makope, Benedict Tapfuma and Blessing Saidi.

The group denied murdering Chivambo and told the court that he was perhaps attacked by a “stray missile” from a mob while attempting to attack police officers who had raided shebeens in his neighbourhood.

According to state papers, allegations arose after Shumba’s wife Judith was robbed of a purse containing $100 and a Nokia 7209 cellphone by an unidentified person on March 17 last year.

She reported the case to Shumba, her husband, who in turn mobilised his subordinates to go and investigate the issue.

The cops proceeded to Ashley Mill Compound at 11pm where they raided Chivambo’s house while the couple was fast asleep, the court heard.

They forcibly opened the door, dragged Chivambo outside and started assaulting him with baton sticks, feet and fists.

The cops allegedly continued assaulting Chivambo demanding to know the person who had stolen from the officer-in-charge’s wife.

Chivambo succumbed to the injuries and died at Shamva District Hospital. A post mortem report showed that Chivambo died from to multiple injuries he sustained during the assault.

It is alleged 11 other residents sustained injuries after being severely assaulted.

The matter was postponed to September 23.

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