MDC-T activists to know their fate

HIGH Court judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu is today expected to deliver judgment in the case of the 28 Glen View MDC-T activists accused of murdering police inspector Petros Mutedza in May 2011.

CHARLES LAITON
SENIOR COURT REPORTER

Twenty-four of the accused persons have been attending court while out on bail.

Four others — namely Tungamirai Madzokere, Yvonne Musarurwa, Last Maengahama and Simon Mapanzure — were denied bail and have been in custody since their arrest.

One of the accused, Rebecca Mafukeni, died in remand prison last month.

The activists, through their lawyers, applied for discharge at the close of the State case arguing the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against them after calling all the witnesses who gave evidence in court.

Prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba opposed the application arguing his witnesses had managed to prove a case against the activists and as such they should be placed on their defences.

Allegations against the activists came about two years ago during an alleged unsanctioned meeting at Glen View 1 shopping centre which was later called off by the police.

It is alleged Mutedza, who was part of the police team, approached youth leaders Robert Manyengavana and Paul Gorekore and asked them to disperse peacefully, but the youths allegedly turned violent and attacked the officers.

Mutedza and his team are said to have retreated and fled the scene, but the youths allegedly pursued the officers and pelted them with stones.

The State alleges Mutedza was struck with a half brick on his skull and died on admission at the hospital.

Our Partners:   NewsDay   The Independent   TheStandard  MyClassifieds