Dudu Manhenga granted bail

HARARE - Jazz sensation Dudu Manhenga, who spent close to two weeks in jail, has been freed on $200 bail by High Court Judge Felistas Chatukuta.

The songstress had been sent to prison for an effective one-and-half-years over a culpable homicide charge.

Harare magistrate Blessing Murwisi initially sentenced Manhenga to two years in prison before suspending six months on condition of good behaviour in the next five years.

Manhenga was slapped with a $300 fine, failure of which she faced three months in prison for another charge of driving using a learner’s licence without supervision.

After being sent to prison, Manhenga filed an appeal against sentence, before applying for bail, which was dismissed by Murwisi on the basis that she had committed a serious offence.

Murwisi also said Manhenga might abscond and that there were no prospects of success on appeal.

The musician appealed to the High Court, leading to Chatukuta freeing her on bail.

“Bail is granted in terms of the draft order,” Chatukuta said, before ordering Manhenga to surrender her passport and to report once every week to the police until the finalisation of the appeal.

Manhenga through her lawyer Isiah Mureriwa told the court said her moral blameworthiness was much lower as compared to other similar cases that have been dealt with by the courts.

“She merely had bad luck. Another court would certainly interfere with the sentence imposed by the court a quo,” Mureriwa said.

Manhenga was convicted on his plea of guilty, after she accepted hitting Graham Martin to death in March 2010.

The court heard Manhenga hit Martin who was riding a motorcycle, while attempting to turn right in front of oncoming vehicles.

Martin sustained serious injuries and died upon admission at West End hospital.



 

Comments (11)

THE MAGISTRATE WAS RIGHT, SHE DESERVES JAIL AND NOTHING ELSE.

reason - 23 October 2013

"she accepted hitting Graham Martin to death"??? Does that make sense? The implication is that she ran over the victim over and over again until he died? Or that he further assaulted him with a weapon? And we know that is not the case. That is some poor journalism...

True Believer - 23 October 2013

so its true kuti ane mari ndiye mukuru - Dudu z out of jail walking scot-free despite committing the heinous offence. well I would rather bow in honour to Boris Mushonga(one of those robbers who died at Zindoga Shopping Centre)

Ita Zvenyu - 23 October 2013

Its zvenyu kwana boris lived a life of crime robbing innocent people , while Dudu killed an inncent pedestrian that is not her way of life

CHINJA MAITIRO - 24 October 2013

She wants to go as free as a bird without any accountability for the murder like one who has killed a cockroach. There may be no justice on earth but kumhepo uko achaiona ngozi uye her musical career is technically extinct.

Mweni Tafara - 24 October 2013

There is no justice in this case as much you they try to be lenient and considerate to Dudu. Dudu akaburitsa mari kuti zvake zviite of which thts the modus operandi in Zimbabwe. She myt be immune to the judicial system but she wont be immune to the spiritual system. Never underestimate the loss of life, be itt a rich or poor man's life. Ndosaka isu maGhettoyuts (Borris) tichizovabira cz they dnt event have a heart to care for other pple so why care, torai mari tiende amana.

Ghettoyut - 24 October 2013

Just bcz he knocked off a white man so the law has decided to free Duduzile the law is an As****** what typed of rule of law is this no wonder ana kitsiyatota vari kungofamba scot free disgusting

White - 24 October 2013

i think the fact that she showed remorse for her actions she deserves a second chance ,we are all susceptible to making errors ,its unfortunate this one was fatal but Dudu needs not be serialised like some of you are doing ..

kayz - 24 October 2013

I think we are all being a little too mean.Boris was a thief for life.Asi mai vaigara kuIreland.Figure that out.Ko mari yakashaikwa pa accident scene? Now Dudu is out on bail and you think she paid?No man learn law and you will see what appeals are about.Usangoti because you think she is guilty she should rot in prison.Thats shallow thinking

Jenawacho - 24 October 2013

yowe

v - 24 October 2013

ngozi ndiyo yaachaona

benjamin mutandwa - 25 October 2013

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