Cops’ lawyers poke holes into State case
LAWYERS representing two of the police officers who were singled out for assaulting two Cowdray Park women have questioned the consistency of the State witness’ statement.
Tinashe Dzipe of Morris Davis and Company who is representing the accused Simbarashe Bvekwa and Tichaona Zariro said the three statements recorded by one of the complainants Ntombizodwa Mpofu contain notable disparities where some incidents are mentioned and some are not raising questions about evidence.
“You only mentioned the insults and tribal connotations after you had engaged a lawyer; that would be treated as an afterthought. You also raised issues of witchcraft when you had appeared in this court,” said Dzipe.
However, Mpofu told the court that when she presented her initial statement, she was in pain and in need of medical attention thus she was not in a right state of mind.
“When I recorded the first statement, I was in so much pain and was in need of medical attention so I wasn’t in the right state of mind. After that we were called occasionally to the police station to re-record our statements,” she said.
Dzipe further challenged the authenticity of the injuries sustained by Mpofu which she captured with her phone and that the primary source (cell-phone) which was used to capture the pictures should be looked into.
However, Western Commonage Magistrate Gladmore Mushowe ordered that Mpofu be examined by the bench and female court officials to ascertain if there are still any traces of injuries visible as per her allegations.