Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
The State’s bid to have Harare West legislator Joanna Mamombe’s bail revoked continued yesterday with both the defence and state counsels submitting closing submissions.
Presiding magistrate Stanford Mambanje remanded the matter to September 6 for ruling.
Joanna Mamombe’s bail revoked continued yesterday with both the defence and state counsels submitting closing submissions
Mamombe is accused of defaulting her reporting conditions on August 27.
She was ordered to report to the police the last Friday of every month as part of her bail conditions.
“The State abides by the oral evidence submitted by the police officer from Law and Order the state stands by that evidence and that it may be incorporated into the submissions by the state.
“There is obviously a reason why certain conditions are attached to bail and the fact that this particular condition has stipulated time frames and a particular day of the month shows that there was a reason why she is supposed to do that.
“She didn’t report within the prescribed time frame and, as far as the record stands, she was supposed to report on August 27 and she hasn’t presented herself to the police till today and she is in default of that condition.
“Very clearly she knew the consequences of not reporting this is the reason why her defence took the investigating officer to task that all along she has been reporting correctly so that means it wasn’t a mistake and before this court is an accused person who has not complied with one of her bail conditions.
“Officers from law and order have advised me that there is a certain trend where accused persons who subsequently disappear from the jurisdiction of the court initially start by reporting irregularly, just as what happened with her accomplice Netsai Marova who is currently missing,” said Michael Reza on behalf of the State.
Mamombe’s lead counsel Alec Muchadehama argued that failure to report is not a strong and considerable ground for revocation of bail by the court and there must be grave and exceptional circumstances for bail to be considered.