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Chamisa's 11 supporters remanded in custody

by Staff reporter
15 Oct 2019 at 18:21hrs | Views
Eleven  suspected Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters who were arrested on Saturday for allegedly assaulting a police officer were today remanded in custody to tomorrow for bail ruling.

The gang of 11 men initially appeared in court on Monday and were remanded in custody to today for bail application.

Through their lawyers Kudzai Kadzere and Kuzivakwashe Ngodza, the gang today made their bail applications before magistrate Learnmore Mapiye.

After hearing submissions from both parties, the magistrate rolled the matter over to tomorrow for bail ruling.

Prosecutor, Sebastian Mtizirwa, opposed bail highlighting the seriousness of the offence among other reasons.

On the other hand, the defense team argued that their clients were suitable candidates for bail saying the accused have nothing to run away from as they are prepared to stand trial.

All accused persons distanced themselves from the assault charges which they are facing arguing they were caught in a dragnet arrest while going about their business in town.

It is the State's case that on the 12th of October around 15oohrs the gang in connivance with their alleged accomplice who is still at large, assaulted a police officer, Tatenda Sibiya, who was at Chicken Inn, corner Julius Nyerere Way and Kwame Nkrumah Avenue.

They reportedly assaulted the police officer declaring some areas next to Morgan Tsvangirai House (Harvest House) a no go area for police officers.

It is alleged the suspects fleed to a base at Robinson House where they were arrested.

A search was then conducted and a total of 210 police anti-riot helmets and 14 other helmets  suspected to be from Harare Municipal police were recovered.

Source - zbc