Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
HARARE senior regional magistrate Tranos Utahwashe on Monday granted Fadzayi Mahere $10 000 bail, ruling that she was a suitable candidate for bail who presented herself to the police fully aware that other people had been arrested on the same allegations.
Mahere was arrested last week and taken to court for allegedly publishing falsehoods over a video that circulated on social media about a police officer who had been falsely accused of beating a child on its mother’s back causing its death.
The police later dismissed the allegations and reported that the child was alive contrary to social media reports.
Delivering his ruling, magistrate Utahwashe said Mahere was forthcoming in that she didn’t evade arrest when it was inevitable but instead she handed herself over to the police although journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and Job Sikhala had been arrested over the same allegations.
“Handing herself over to the police shows that she is not a flight risk because when she proceeded to the police station she was aware that Chin’ono and Sikhala had been arrested over the same charges.
“She cannot be denied bail because she has pending matters that she is yet to be tried on because it is the law that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty,” he said.
Mahere was ordered to deposit $10 000 with the Clerk of Court Harare, not to interfere with State witnesses particularly the child’s mother and to surrender her travel documents.