Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
The cop who allegedly murdered his step-daughter yesterday appeared in court where he disowned the statement produced by the police and pleaded not guilty.
Moses Nigel Jalasi appeared before Harare magistrate Babra Mateko before whom he raised complaints against the police alleging that he surrendered himself to the police and was assaulted severely and sustained injuries on his feet and knees.
Jalasi told the court that he was compelled by the police to write that he had raped the girl before murdering her but in actual fact, he hadn’t raped her but they had an altercation in the kitchen over food.
“During the altercation, we fought till we reached the bedroom and when we fell down, I took a scissors and stabbed her before I took her cellphone which I sold in town and proceeded to Mbare and bought beer at a shebeen,” said Jalasi.
As a result, Magistrate Mateko said the court will no longer consider his statement as he had disowned it.
The State led by Sabastian Mtizirwa alleged that on May 10, Jalasi was at their home in Eastlea with his step daughter Nyasha Unganai.
Jalasi is said to have approached his step-daughter who was in the kitchen and dragged her to his bedroom where he raped her before he stabbed her several times in the stomach until she died.
Jalasi stole the girl’s phone before he fled the house.
The State is also alleging that neighbours heard screams from Unganai but failed to assist as the door was locked and the same witnesses saw him fleeing through the front door.
Mtizirwa opposed bail prompting Mateko to refer Jalasi to the High Court for bail application.
The matter was remanded to May 27.