3 Glen View murder suspects acquitted

HARARE - The State has withdrawn charges against three MDC activists, who were accused of taking part in the murder of police inspector Petros Mutedza in May, 2011.

The three are Jackson Mabota, Tarirai Kusotera and Chenjerai Douglas Muchinenyika.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira on Monday withdrew the charges against the trio before Harare magistrate Douglas Vakayi Chikwekwe.

The withdrawal followed an application by the trio’s lawyer Gift Mtisi refusing further remand.

The trio was part of 29 activists who were arrested on the murder charge. Only seven of the suspects remain in the dock, after High Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu freed 21 suspects, following an application for discharge by their lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa in September last year.

One of the suspects Rebecca Mafikeni died in custody.

The suspects were all 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 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 barbecuing meat and drinking alcohol.

The residents allegedly shouted and threw stones, empty bottles, steel 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 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 claims.

The group allegedly kicked him until he became unconscious. He was rushed to Harare Central Hospital where he died upon arrival.

Comments (3)

But their lives will never be the same again. Mutendza's killers are walking free as we speak yet innocent people have been languishing in jail. God please answer us.

Maita Manyuka - 6 March 2014

Their lives will never be the same again. As we speak the killers are roaming the country free yet innocent people suffered in remand prison for too long.

Maita Manyuka - 6 March 2014

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