Jailed killer cop denied bail

HARARE - The Supreme Court has dismissed a bail application by a police officer, currently serving 15 years in jail for brutally murdering his wife and dumping her body in a dam.

Deputy chief justice Luke Malaba dismissed Mike Matanga’s application, after ruling that it lacked merit.

Malaba said there were no prospects of success in Matanga’s application for extension of time within which to seek leave to appeal against his conviction.

“The evidence adduced proved that the crime of murder was committed. It established beyond reasonable doubt that the applicant was the perpetrator of the crime.

“The application for bail pending application for extension of time within which to appeal is without merit,” Malaba ruled.

The court heard Matanga murdered his wife Bernadette Musiyarira in May 2005 in Highfield, Harare.

Matanga struck Musiyarira on the back of the head with an iron bar causing a fracture on the skull, leading to intracranial haemorrhage and her subsequent death.

The court heard that the two had a long-standing marital dispute, which had resulted in Musiyarira obtaining a peace order against Matanga.

She had also filed for divorce in March 2005 after the two separated.

In May of the same year, Matanga visited Musiyarira in Highfield, before the two had an altercation over a cell phone call. Matanga found out that the phone call was coming from Musiyarira’s boyfriend, leading to the assault.

“On May 17, 2015, the deceased’s body was found in a monarch bag which had been retrieved by the police sub-aqua unit from Epworth Quarry Dam,” the court heard.

After trial the High Court found him guilty of murder with constructive intent but established that there were extenuating factors, saving him from the maximum penalty of death.

    Comments (4)

    kuisa chitunha mubag......this should be life in Chikurubi Maxmun.

    docotor - 31 March 2015

    Where is the justice and fairness in our system if cattle thieves are punished more severely than murderers? 15 years for brutally taking a life? and at least 25 years for cattle rustling?

    Gladys Musiyarira - 31 March 2015

    Eating a python snake 8years!! , Possession of a pangolin 15years. Driving without licence and causing death two weeks in jail.. That other cattle thief [Mujuru] paid fine. The punishment patterns are a cause of concern. This case appears to be a serious case especially occuring after "Divorce".

    X-MAN IV - 1 April 2015

    On May 17 2015 the deceased's body was found in a monarch bag and the the story is published 01-04-2015 . Someone is not doing his job .

    Onward Mhumhi - 2 April 2015

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