Harare, June 9, 2014 – The trial of some Glenview residents accused of murdering a police officer, Inspector Petros Mutedza, has sucked in the Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa-led United Family International Church (UFIC).
Defence lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa on Monday tendered a DVD which she claimed exonerated Last Maengahama, one of the accused Glenview residents who is also an MDC member who was arrested in May 2011 and charged with 29 other residents for allegedly stoning Mutedza to death.
Mtetwa led evidence from Maengahama who told the court that he had not participated in the assault and subsequent murder of Mutedza as he was attending a UFIC service at the City Sports Centre.
Maengahama told the court that he attended the church service in the company of his wife and children and some neighbours who all can testify that he was present in church on the day in which state prosecutors claim that he allegedly murdered Mutedza.
Mtetwa’s attempt to show the UFIC DVD in court, which Maengahama said proves that he was nowhere near Glenview 3 shopping centre where Mutedza was allegedly murdered hit a snag after State prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba objected to the plan claiming that the human rights lawyer was ambushing him as she had not notified and served him with a copy of the DVD prior to Monday’s resumption of court proceedings.
The objection prompted High Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu to rule in favour of Nyazamba and postponed the trial to Tuesday to allow the state prosecutor to be served with a copy of the DVD which he claimed had to be scrutinised before being accepted as admissible evidence that can be used for the trial.
Bhunu freed Maengahama, Tungamirai Madzokere and Yvone Musarurwa in January after spending almost three years in prison detention since their arrest in May 2011. Several of the Glenview residents were acquitted late last year while on seven remain on trial.