By Vimbai Majaha
Trial into allegations that Netsai Marova and Cecelia Chimbiri faked their own abduction, which was due to open today, was temporarily stopped by the High Court.
High Court judge justice Happias Zhou stayed proceedings pending an application by defence lawyers challenging the separation of trial, effected by magistrate Belinda Makwande.
Makwande ruled that co-accused Harare West legislator Joanna Mamombe, will face trial into the same allegations by herself, while Marova and Chinembiri will have their own.
This followed an application by the State which sought to have the trial proceed while Mamombe recovered from mental depression.
Prosecutor Michael Reza led the state in making an application for Mamombe to be separated from her co-accused which was successful.
Through their lawyer Alec Muchadehama, the trio filed an application to stop their trial until the High Court passes a ruling on their application for the review of the magistrate’s ruling.
Mamombe, Chimbiri, and Marova are accused of faking their abduction on May 13, 2020, after they had demonstrated in Warren Park high-density suburb in Harare.
The trio were remanded to January 22, 2021, by Magistrate Ngoni Nduna.