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Grace rally disturbance case postponed

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THE case of a Gweru man accused of trying to disrupt First Lady Grace Mugabe (pictured)’s rally in Bulawayo sometime in October, was yesterday further postponed, as the State indicated it had not yet received the psychiatrist’s report, despite claims by the accused it had been sent to the court.

THE case of a Gweru man accused of trying to disrupt First Lady Grace Mugabe’s rally in Bulawayo sometime in October, was yesterday further postponed, as the State indicated it had not yet received the psychiatrist’s report, despite claims by the accused it had been sent to the court.

STAFF REPORTER

Emmanuel Muzorera (34) told the court that the psychiatrist had examined him and officials at the mental health expert’s office advised him that the mental report had been sent already to the court.

“Did you manage to get a psychiatrist report?” senior magistrate, Sibongile Msipa asked.GAVEL LAW COURT

“I was told that it has been since sent to this court,” Muzorera responded.

But the magistrate said the report had not yet reached her.

She then remanded the matter to January 16 next year, for the mental report to be made available to the court.

On October 21 Msipa had ordered that Muzorera be examined by two medical doctors to establish the state of his mental faculties in accordance with Section 26 of the Mental Health Act, after some family members indicated in court that he has a history of mental problems.

She later ordered that he be examined by a psychiatrist to ascertain his state of mind for a full trial to be conducted or for a special verdict to be passed that he be referred to Mlondolozi mental institution.

This was after one of the doctors indicated in the medical report that he smoked mbanje, while the other indicated that he might be mentally ill.

Muzorera is out of custody in the care of his parents and relatives.

He had earlier on pleaded guilty to picking the microphone from the podium without permission, but denied the claims he intended to disrupt the rally.

Msipa entered a plea of not guilty as a result, prompting the need to have a full trial conducted to prove if he had not intended to disturb the meeting as he claimed.

The court heard that on October 15 this year at 3pm, Muzorera was among the crowd of people who attended Grace’s rally at Amazulu Stadium.

Muzorera allegedly stood up and moved from the crowd to the podium, where he picked the microphone without permission.

This led to his arrest on the spot by a police officer who was at the rally.

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