The Supreme Court has referred back to the High Court an appeal by seven MDC-T members, who are seeking bail on allegations of murdering Police Inspector Petros Mutedza in Glen View after their initial application was thrown out by Justice Tendai Uchena.
Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba yesterday noted the complainants had not sought leave to appeal from the High Court hence he could not entertain the matter.
The appellants, Glen View Ward 32 councillor Tungamirai Madzokere, Rebecca Mafukeni, Phenias Nhatarikwa, Lazarus Maengahama, Stanford Maengahama, Yvonne Musarurwa and Stanford Mangwiro have been in remand prison for six months.
The seven had appealed to the Supreme Court after Justice Uchena turned down their bail application in July saying they were a flight risk.
However, sitting in his chambers, Justice Malaba said the seven had to first notify the High Court of their intention to appeal at the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the High Court will next Wednesday consider a fresh bail application filed by MDC-T Youth Assembly chairperson Solomon Madzore, whose first bid was dismissed by High Court judge Justice Hlekani Mwayera last month.
Madzore, who is facing similar charges and is detained at Chikurubi Maximum Prison, is not among those who applied for bail at the Supreme Court as he was arrested after the application had already been made.
The eight are part of 28 MDC-T members who were arrested in connection with Mutedza’s death, but the others were granted bail in July.