SIX of the nine suspected Dynamos FC supporter, charged with the alleged murder of a Highlanders FC soccer fan last month, heaved a sigh relief on Tuesday after they were removed from remand for lack of evidence linking them to the murder.
Senior Court Reporter
The Dynamos supporters were accused in the murder of Thembelenkosini Hloli (24) who smashed the window of a Toyota Ipsum, together with his two friends Nkosiphile Lusinga (19) and Decent Sibanda (26) in the violent aftermath of a match the Harare side won 1-0 in August.
The Dynamos supporters’ lawyers applied for their clients’ removal from remand, arguing that the nine got to the scene when Hloli was already dying and there was no evidence linking them to the case.
One of the lawyers representing them, Tanaka Muganyi, yesterday confirmed the removal from remand of the six and said three remained facing the charges.
“Accused four to nine Rogder Dye ‘Murehwa’ Trechsen (42), Pretty Ndora (27), Margaret Mpofu (23), George Chapindura (43), Nandi Nyoni (31) and Chamas Misiwo (29) were removed from remand and only accused one to three – (Emmason Msipa (44), Honest Makhala (28), Onisimo Maphosa (33) – remained on remand” he said.
Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushowe made the ruling in favour of the six on Tuesday.
The nine were on $50 bail each granted by another Bulawayo magistrate Sibongile Msipa.
Hloli of Sizinda was allegedly stabbed in the stomach at Renkini long-distance bus terminus after being chased by the suspected Dynamos supporters.
His friends Lusinga and Sibanda are still on remand facing a charge of malicious damage to property after Misiwo, a police officer based at the Hwange Traffic section, reported them for the post-match skirmishes.
The two pleaded not guilty to the charge and are on $50 bail each.