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    Friday, 5 February 2016

    Gutu kidnappers’ judgment this week

    Mirror Reporter

    Masvingo – The ruling in the case involving two women from Mpandawana who kidnapped and severely assaulted a woman they accused of being in love with one of the husbands is expected to be delivered at the High Court in Harare on Friday this week.
    Meanwhile Gutu magistrate is being investigated following a complaint made against him by the complainant in the case.
    Law experts who spoke to The Mirror said it was likely that the High Court will give its ruling based on the admission of guilty that the two women entered into when they appeared before Gutu Magistrate Edwin Marecha.
    Karen Shenjere who is the wife of Gutu Rural District Council Engineer Vambai Shenjere and her friend Mercy Mashava, a teacher at Gutu United were arrested after they kidnapped and assaulted Vaida Chiripanyanga, a nurse in Harare.
    Magistrate Marecha referred the case to the High Court and remanded the two women in prison after they had given their evidence and admitted guilty to the crime.
    Experts said Gutu Magistrate could have moved the case to Harare under Section 54 (2) of the Magistrate Court act. Stopping and conversion of trial.
    It reads; "if upon the conviction of an accused person upon summary trial or trial on remittal by the Prosecutor General,before sentence is passed , the magistrate is of the opinion that a sentence in excess of his jurisdiction is justified, he may adjourn the case and remand the person  convicted and submit a report to the Prosecutor-General, together with a copy of the record of the proceedings in the case".
    The expert who declined to be named said that what this means is that the two may just be going to the High Court for sentence.
    Meanwhile Golden Mandaza the Deputy Chief Magistrate said a case in which the Chiripanyanga complained against Magistrate Marecha for alleged bias in the case is being investigated.
    He told The Mirror that he could not comment on the case as it was under investigation.
    Florence Ziyambi the Director of Prosecutions could not say what was happening to the complaint also made against Gutu Prosecutor Millicent Azangwe. Her secretary promised that she would return The Mirror's call but did not do so until the time of going to Press. news
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