The phone dealer’s murder case takes a nasty turn as the suspect blames police officers. In the case in which a popular Harare mobile phone dealer was allegedly robbed and murdered by assailants who were posing as buyers, more details have emerged.
The accused, Munyaradzi Junior Mawadze, a first-year Law student at the University of Zimbabwe, has accused CID detectives of forcing him to admit the crime.
According to state media, Mawadze, who is also the son Masvingo High Court judge, Justice Garainesu Mawadze, told the court that detectives poured hot tea on his privates in a bid to compel him to admit the offense.
Mawadze’s lawyer, Paidamoyo Saurombe, claimed that the accused was heavily assaulted by the detectives when they arrested him in Masvingo.
‘He was assaulted and tortured by the police as they compelled him to make confessions,” said Mr Saurombe. The complaints were also made to the Police Commissioner-General and to the High Court where we said the assault of suspects by the police should come to an end,’ said Mr Saurombe.
Mr Saurombe told the court that Mawadze’s beatings continued after being taken from Masvingo to Harare, violating his human rights in the process. Lawyers Justin Zuze and Bruce Marova who are representing Mawadze’s accomplices, Elvin Dongo Saungweme, 22, and Dellon David Balani, 22, made the same claims
Presiding over the case, Harare provincial magistrate Vongai Guriro, who remanded the accused persons in custody to April 14 and advised them to approach the High Court for bail application.
The accused trio are standing accused of killing Sipho Ncube by slitting his throat with a knife after robbing him of three iPhone Promax 11 cellphones. All implicated each other in the murder and when they were arrested they led them to Ruwa, where they had dumped Sipho’s body.
The trio were all found in possession of blood soiled clothes and had shared three cellphone s belonging to Ncube.
Source – Zim247
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