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    Gutu woman kidnappers released on bail

    Mirror Reporter

    Gutu – Two women, Gutu Rural Council Engineer's wife Karen Shenjere and her friend Mercy Mashava who were convicted of kidnapping, assaulting and stealing a mobile phone from a woman they suspected to be the engineer's wife were released on bail pending review of their case by the High Court last week.
    The two's appeal at the High Court was led by Nickiel Mushangwe and Company. They were given $50 bail each and ordered to stay at their respective addresses.
    According to High Court documents, the two women who were already convicted of the crimes had been remanded in custody by Gutu Magistrate Edwin Marecha pending sentence by a High Court judge.
    Documents in the hands of The Mirror indicate Marecha invoked Section 54 (1) of the Magistrate's Court Act (Chapter 7:10) which allows a magistrate to refer a case to a higher cour for ruling if he feels that a stiffer sentence maybe required.
    Section 54 (1) reads; "when in the course of a trial, whether or not any evidence has been led, it appears that the offence is from its nature only subject to the jurisdiction or more proper for the cognisance of a greater jurisdiction, or when the public prosecutor so requests, the magistrate shall stop the trial and immediately adjourn the case and remand the accused and submit a report to the Attorney General together with a copy of the record of the proceedings in the case".
    Mushangwe applied for the case to be reviewed by the High Court. He also applied for his clients to get bail while pending review.
    Mushangwe argued that his clients are not going to abscond since they were married women and with young children. He also argued that the prospects of success of their case were high.  news

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