Land developer removed from remand

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Court Correspondent
High Court judge Justice David Mangota has removed prominent land developer Felix Munyaradzi from remand who was facing allegations of defeating the course of justice.

Munyaradzi was earlier this week also acquitted by Justice Pisirayi Kwenda of bribery charges.

In the current matter, Munyaradzi had challenged his placement on remand after being accused of interfering with State witness police commissioner Erasmus Makodza who had reported him for fraud, a case which is before the court.

Magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti-Guuriro had dismissed the application challenging placement on remand and this forced Munyaradzi to seek a review of the magisrate’s ruling.

In revoking the remand placement Justice Mangota ordered that the decision of Muchuchuti-Guuriro be set aside and placement on remand of Munyaradzi be revoked.

“It is ordered that the decision of the 1st respondent (Muchuchuti-Guuriro) delivered on the 20th March 2021 under CRB HRE 1893/21 be and is hereby reviewed and set aside. The placement of the applicant on remand be and is hereby revoked and each party to bear its own costs,” Mangota ruled.

Allegations were that sometime in July 2020, Makodza made a report of fraud against the accused after he resold stand number 1315 Sandton Mt Hampden, Harare which he had sold to the complainant. The case is before the courts.

Munyaradzi was arrested and taken to court, where he was released on bail by the High Court. The bail conditions included his not interfering with State witnesses.

It was alleged that on a date unknown to the prosecutor but during the month of January 2021, Munyaradzi allegedly sent some people including Shadreck Homera to influence the complainant(Makodza) to withdraw the charges and have an out of court settlement in the fraud case.

The State alleged that the messengers stated that if the complainant was not going to comply with the accused’s request he was going to face arrest. The State alleges the utterances amounted to defeating or obstructing the course of justice. The complainant allegedly turned down the offer.

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