T. Freddy’s case to be heard on Friday

By Peter Chivhima

THE court has postponed ruling on Goodness and Mercy Ministries founder, Tapiwa Freddy’s application for discharge at the close of the State’s case in a matter he stands accused of rape.

Harare Magistrate, Gloria Takundwa indicated that she is still in the process of compiling the ruling, which will be handed down on Friday.

Freddy is facing two counts of rape and one count of assaulting a 33-year-old Harare woman.

During cross-examination in January, the complainant revealed that her life was now in danger after she filed rape charges against Freddy.

In another case, a bid to secure freedom through the High Court by suspected notorious armed robber, Godfrey Mupamhanga hit a brick wall after High Court Judge, Justice Fatima Maxwell dismissed his application.

Mupamhanga had approached the high Court challenging his conviction and sentence, arguing that he was convicted in the absence of compelling evidence and that the sentence had induced shock.

In dismissing his application, the court ruled that Mupamhanga’s appeal was silent on certain aspects raised by the prosecution, adding that both the sentence and conviction was proper.

Mupamhanga is serving a three-year jail term after he was convicted of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition following his arrest in Beitbridge together with his accomplices, who include the Mupamhanga siblings and suspected gang leader, Musa Taj, who are also in custody.