THE five Glen View MDC-T activists who are in custody over the death of police officer Petros Mutedza were again denied bail yesterday by High Court judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu on the basis that there was overwhelming evidence against them.
REPORT BY CHARLES LAITON
The judge said chances of them absconding were high if they were released.
Justice Bhunu said his earlier reasons for denying them bail in December last year, had not been changed by anything and as such they remained a flight risk.
The five accused persons are Tungamirai Madzokere, Yvonne Musarurwa, Rebecca Mafukeni, Last Maengahama and Simon Mapanzure.
“The position still remains the same and the evidence against the five accused persons has not been diluted . . . evidence has been established and the real prospects of conviction cannot be excluded,” Justice Bhunu said.
“The court’s earlier position does not change and the five remain a flight risk and there is overwhelming evidence against them.”
The court also dismissed an application by the rest of the accused persons to have their bail conditions scrapped.
Instead Justice Bhunu ruled in favour of the State and granted the sought postponement to allow the availability of a Cuban doctor who is expected to testify on the post-mortem he carried out on Mutedza.
The matter was postponed to Monday next week.