Lawyer says ‘killer’ cop not on the run

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Court Reporter

LAWYERS rep­re­sent­ing an ex-po­lice­man sus­pected to have killed his girl­friend in cold blood in a dis­pute over his mar­riage, have dis­missed re­ports that their client is on the run.

The trial of Brighton Chagonda (30) on Tues­day failed to kick off at the Bu­l­awayo High Court amid re­ports that he is now at large.

Chagonda who was based at Lu­veve Po­lice Sta­tion al­legedly killed Mrs Sitha­bile Ndlovu-Ncube be­fore he later dumped her naked body in a storm drain on Au­gust 19, 2013.

Mr Jonathan Ts­van­gi­rai of Dube-Ta­chiona and Ts­van­gi­rai Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers said po­lice did not make an ef­fort to look for his client be­cause he was not in­dicted by pros­e­cu­tors to ap­pear in court. “Po­lice have not looked for my client and there was no war­rant of ar­rest is­sued against him. In fact, he (Chagonda) was re­fused fur­ther re­mand,” he said.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai said his client, who has since been fired from the po­lice and evicted from the ZRP Lu­veve Camp, was now based in Harare.

Chagonda was ini­tially re­manded out of cus­tody on $500 bail which was granted by Bu­l­awayo High Court judge Jus­tice Lawrence Kamocha with strin­gent con­di­tions which in­cluded re­port­ing to the po­lice thrice a week and to re­side at the same camp which he gave as his ad­dress. He was also or­dered to sur­ren­der his travel doc­u­ments to the As­sis­tant Reg­is­trar of the High Court and not to in­ter­fere with wit­nesses.

The court heard that Chagonda and Mrs Ndlovu-Ncube (35) were lovers but the two were al­ways fight­ing.

Chagonda al­legedly as­saulted Mrs Ndlovu-Ncube, a for­mer il­le­gal money changer pop­u­larly known as usiphathe­leni, when she told him that her mar­riage was about to break down be­cause of their af­fair.

It is al­leged that on Au­gust 19, 2013, at about 1AM, Chagonda and Mrs Ndlovu-Ncube were out­side house num­ber 2554 in Cow­dray Park when they al­legedly had an al­ter­ca­tion. Chagonda al­legedly slapped her and also used sticks to beat up Mrs Ndlovu-Ncube, leav­ing her with bruises all over the body.

Mrs Ndlovu-Ncube’s body was found ly­ing in a storm drain by neigh­bours the fol­low­ing morn­ing who then called the po­lice to the scene. Po­lice took her body to the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals for a post­mortem. In­ves­ti­ga­tions led to Chagonda’s ar­rest Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, ev­i­dence link­ing Chagonda to the mur­der of Mrs Ndlovu-Ncube is that he was al­legedly seen by neigh­bours as­sault­ing her near the storm drain where her body was found.

It is also al­leged that the clothes that Chagonda was wear­ing on the day in ques­tion had blood stains.— @mash­nets

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