Glen View trial: Jugde reserves ruling

HARARE - High Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu will now deliver his judgment on Thursday on an application for discharge at the close of the State’s case against 28 Glen View suburb residents charged with murdering a police officer, Inspector Petros Mutedzi.

Justice Bhunu was scheduled to deliver his ruling on Tuesday after he reserved judgment indefinitely on June 12, 2013 on the application for discharge following the hearing of oral submissions.

But, the judge will now deliver his ruling on Thursday to allow for proceedings at the official opening of the Eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe which was officially opened by President Robert Mugabe in Harare yesterday.

In their application for discharge, the Glen View residents’ lawyers Beatrice Mtetwa, Selby Hwacha, Alec Muchadehama, Charles Kwaramba, Gift Mtisi and Jeremiah Bamu, argued that the State had failed to prove a prima facie case against their clients and hence they should be set free.

The Glen View residents, who include Rebecca Mafikeni, who passed away last month, were arrested in 2011, and charged with contravening Section 47 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 for allegedly murdering Inspector Mutedza at a bar in Harare’s Glen View suburb.

Alternatively, the residents were also charged with committing public violence in contravention of Section 36 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

During the high profile trial, prosecutors alleged that the accused chanted MDC party slogans, denounced the police and threw stones, empty beer bottles, steel stool frames and other missiles at six uniformed police officers resulting in the death of Inspector Mutedza, a charge which they all deny.

Comments (3)

shamva policemen who killed a person are all out on bail while these 4 suspects are rotting in jail

rmunemo - 18 September 2013

Revolt people go out in the streets outnumber the evil police. They will run away.

mushonga wemari - 18 September 2013

The idea of running in the streets is a normal knee jerk reaction. What is the next step when your head is cracked by the Gondo harisai batons. Te police will not run away, YOU will run away. Let us strengthen our party first and make a strategy.

Mavara Azarevhu - 19 September 2013

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