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Binga murders trial in limbo

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POLICE are still investigating the murders of four people in cold blood in Binga, eight months after they were slain execution style in an alleged botched poaching deal.

SENIOR COURT REPORTER

A court official in Hwange, who cannot be named for not being authorised to speak to the media, yesterday said the murder docket had still not been handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Hwange.

The official said some senior NPA officials from Harare had on Friday inquired about the docket.

“The police advised us that they were still investigating the case. We haven’t received the docket and bosses were asking for it.

However, the four are still on remand,” the official said.

Suspects facing murder charges are Japhet Muleya (33), Lovemore Mudenda (38), Hardlife Dube and Robert Muleya (31).

They are being held at Hwange Prison after being transferred from Binga Prison in April.

They stand accused of gunning down Alvin Nyirenda (28), Mthulisi Leon Ndlovu (33), Nkosana Mdlongwa and Sithembinkosi Moyo using a high-powered rifle in the early hours of January 6.

All four were found with gunshots wounds near Ngongonye Bridge on Nkonkane River, some 15km from Manjolo business centre in Binga.

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