PROVINCIAL magistrate Tendai Mahwe yesterday dismissed two separate applications for refusal of further remand filed by businessman-cum-musician Energy Mutodi and popular Star FM DJ Munyaradzi Milimo.
REPORT BY CHARLES LAITON
The two men, who were represented by their lawyers, had each made an application to be removed from remand arguing they had religiously attended court over a long period of time without being informed of their trial dates.
Mutodi, who is facing a fraud charge involving over $6 million, had his other application for the release of his passport turned down after the State opposed it arguing he was facing a very serious offence and was a flight risk.
For his two pending cases in Harare, Mutodi is on $500 and $2 000 bail respectively.
The magistrate, however, ruled in Mutodi’s favour on his other application for relaxation of the reporting conditions varying the latter’s status to once every month and remanded him to January 6 next year.
In the case of DJ Munya, who is accused of having hired hit men to murder his wife’s suitor, Tinashe Magorimbo, the court declined to remove him from remand saying he had not been on remand for an unreasonable period.
DJ Munya was charged early this year alongside Mohammed Matare and Taurai Janhi whom he allegedly hired to kidnap and murder Magorimbo.
According to the State, Magorimbo met his fate after he allegedly failed to pay DJ Munya $5 000 compensation for having an illicit affair with the latter’s wife.
In February this year, Magorimbo allegedly paid DJ Munya a part payment of $1 000 through his alleged accomplices Janhi and Matare, but later became evasive, prompting DJ Munya to enlist the services of Janhi and Matare to force him to pay.
Magorimbo was eventually killed. The disc jockey is out on $300 bail and was also remanded to January 6 next year.