AFZ Pilot Accused Of Killing Girlfriend Denied Bail

Bulawayo High Court judge, Justice Martin Makonese has denied Tashinga Musonza bail arguing the accused was a flight risk.

Musonza (29), an Air force of Zimbabwe pilot based at Josiah Tungamirai Airbase in Gweru, reportedly killed his lawyer girlfriend, Lucky Duve (32) last year accusing her of cheating on him with his unnamed colleague.

Musonza had applied for bail at the High Court through his lawyer James Makiya.

Justice Makonese dismissed Musonza’s application. He said:

It is now trite, that where the evidence against an applicant is overwhelming, the risk of abscondment is high. The court is aware that the applicant does not deny assaulting the deceased.

The court observes that the applicant’s defence is at variance with the cause of death recorded in the postmortem report. The question that arises is why the applicant seeks to mislead this court on the cause of death?

It is my view, that an applicant in a bail application who seeks to mislead the court is not a suitable candidate for bail.



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