SOUTH Africa cannot assist with forensic pathology services in the case of StarFM presenter Munyaradzi Milimo (DJ Munya), who is accused of kidnapping and murdering Tinashe Magorimbo by poisoning him.
Milimo and his alleged accomplices, Taurai Janhi and Mohammed Matare, are facing murder charges and their lawyer Lucky Mauwa is making efforts to have them removed from remand.
In their fifth application for refusal of further remand, Mauwa told the court that a letter from a law office at the prosecutor general office Albert Masamha indicated that their South African counterparts could not assist in the matter.
“The letter from the law officer says they cannot be assisted by South African counterparts.
“It is clear that the State is not ready therefore there is no prejudice if the accused is removed from remand, they can proceed by way of summons if their house is in order,” he said.
However, Sharon Mashavira applied that the matter be postponed to February 13 pending trial
“We’re still awaiting indictment papers from the High Court and the record for the accused has been sent to the prosecutor general’s office.
“It is not the State’s intention to infringe on the accused’s rights but murder cases are complex and they take long for investigations to be completed.
“We’re in possession of a letter from law officer Masamha and another from South Africa laboratories pertaining (to) tests results of toxicology and histology, which have been dragging this matter,” she said.
Mauwa has unsuccessfully made the same application in the past.
Mashavira alleges that Magorimbo was murdered after failing to pay Milimo $5,000 for having an affair with his wife. Magorimbo allegedly paid Milimo $1,000 in February last year through Janhi and Matare as part payment of the $5,000.
Milimo commissioned Janhi and Matare to deal with Magorimbo after he became evasive over the outstanding payment, the court heard.
In May, the group human resources director of Magorimbo’s employer, Premier Services Medical Investments, David Mandishona, allegedly received a text message demanding a $5,000 ransom for the release of Magorimbo who had disappeared, the court heard.
On the same day, Milimo allegedly went to Magorimbo’s residence where he assured the deceased’s wife Millicent that her husband would return on the following day, ordering her not to report the disappearance to police.
On the following day Magorimbo showed up naked and staggering, his hands tied with a shoelace, and collapsed as he approached the ground floor of his flat, the court heard.
Magorimbo was rushed to West End Hospital in Harare where he was diagnosed with poisoning before he died on the same day.