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I won’t get fair trial in Masvingo: Taxi driver ‘killer’

Tendai Mange

The
man who was arrested a few weeks ago in connection with the brutal murder of taxi
driver Josiah Rimai at Backpackers Rest lodge in Masvingo has requested that he
be tried outside of the city, claiming that it was impossible for him to get a
fair hearing in local courts.
Chakanetsa
Kambarami made the request when he appeared before magistrate Dambudzo Malunga last
week.
He
claimed that no lawyer was willing to represent him and that members of the
public were victimising his relatives who come to check on him.
Kambarami
claimed that his family members were no longer free to attend his trial in Masvingo,
making it difficult for them to render him the morale support he said he
required.
“My
relatives are no longer coming to Masvingo without police protection as they
fear getting harassed by the public. It will not be fair for me to stand trial
without their support,” said Kambarami.
He
said because the case received wide media coverage and that a large group of
protesters had tried to storm the police station on 05 June ostensibly to harm
him, all the lawyers that had indicated a willingness to defend him in court
had hastily retreated.
He
also told the court that he will be glad to stand trial in any other place
outside of Masvingo.
It
is the State’s case that Kambarami murdered Rimai at Backpackers Rest and dumped
his body in the bushy area near The Sundowners lodge.

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