MURDER suspect Star FM DJ Munyaradzi Milimo has been thrown into remand prison after it emerged in court yesterday that he allegedly hired “hitmen” who kidnapped and murdered Tinashe Magorimbo after the latter reportedly failed to pay him $5 000 as compensation for having an illicit affair with his wife.
Report by Charles Laiton
DJ Munya (32), Taurai Janhi (34) and Mohammed Matare (31), who were represented by Lucky Mawuwa, Gerald Madzima and Reason Muchirewesi respectively, appeared before Harare magistrate Donald Ndirowei on a murder charge and were remanded in custody to June 5.
The mystery surrounding Magorimbo’s disappearance and subsequent death began in February this year when Magorimbo allegedly paid DJ Munya a part payment of $1 000 through his alleged accomplices Janhi and Matare.
After the initial payment, Magorimbo allegedly became evasive, prompting Milimo to enlist the services of Janhi and Matare to force him to pay.
“Sometime at the beginning of May 2013, accused one (Milimo) engaged the services of accused two and three (Janhi and Matare) to deal with the now deceased until the whole outstanding amount was fully paid,” read part of the State outline.
Prosecutor Junior Mugebe told the court that Magorimbo was last seen on Monday last week after he was dropped by a taxi at number 44 O’Connor Road in Cranborne, Harare, just after leaving West End Hospital where he requested a receptionist to call a taxi for him.
The purpose of his hospital visit remains a mystery as it was not made clear in court.
However, on Tuesday last week, Magorimbo’s human resources manager Henry Mandishona received a text message from cellphone number 0739 020 657 demanding a
$5 000 ransom for Magorimbo’s release.
On the same day, DJ Munya allegedly went to look for Magorimbo at his residence where he met his wife, Millicent, and assured her that her husband would return home the following day.
He allegedly ordered Millicent not to report the matter to the police.
On Saturday last week, the court heard, Millicent saw a naked Magorimbo, whose hands were tied with a blue shoelace, staggering as he approached the ground floor of their flat where he later collapsed.
Magorimbo was rushed to West End Hospital where upon admission, he was diagnosed of poisoning and he died on the same day in the intensive care unit.
A full post-mortem carried out on Tuesday this week confirmed Magorimbo died due to poisoning.
IN PICTURES: DJ Munya at court