Thursday, 22 September 2016

KEREKE BIDS FOR FREEDOM

Jailed former Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke has filed an application for bail pending appeal at the High Court.

Kereke, was sentenced to an effective 10 years in prison after being convicted of raping a minor.

Kereke through his legal counsel which has now hired the services of Advocate Thabani Mpofu is seeking bail pending finalisation of his appeal against both conviction and sentence.


In the application, Advocate Mpofu argued that there is a possibility that Kereke was wrongfully convicted, adding some of the evidence relied upon by the court could have been manufactured.


Kereke believes that the fact that the he was acquitted on the other charge of sexual assault is an indication that the witnesses could have been compromised.


Advocate Mpofu said the prison term induced a sense of shock, arguing it equates to terms imposed on people convicted of murder.


He argued that the trial magistrate did not consider the political aspect raised by the defence.


The advocate said they are prepared to pay US$2 000 bail, to surrender title deed of one immovable property, report three times a week at Harare Central Police Station as part of bail conditions.


This Wednesday Kereke attempted to file an application challenging payment of legal costs incurred by the private prosecution.


However, the application was rejected by the High Court as it was flawed.  

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