The man who lost his daughter in 2015 after her boyfriend murdered her and has been roaming around the streets freely since 2015 spoke to The Herald and said he thinks someone in the police is protecting him because he is not even in hiding but he is walking around freely.
Mr. Chipere said the docket of the case has some papers missing and he has notified the police where the suspect Collins Jamu stayed but he is still free since he made bail for allegedly killing Mr. Chipere’s daughter in 2015.
Mitchelle Chipere (the victim)’s father Brighton Chipere told the publication that he was disgruntled by the way the local police have handled the case of his daughter’s unfortunate death. Speaking to the publication Chipere said:
Jamu admitted in his statement to the police that he killed my daughter. In fact, he was caught in my house soon after committing the offence. He also confessed to stealing our property which was later found dumped next door.
“He appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court before being indicted for trial at the High Court. When he was freed on bail, he was ordered to report at Glen Norah police station but I gather that he absconded.
“His trial was supposed to start in 2017 at the High Court but he never showed up. He also defaulted trial on the theft charge at the Magistrates Court.
I even went to the extent of informing the police where Jamu was staying. However, the day the police visited the rented house, they could not find him but only found his girlfriend. Each time the police visited that house, Jamu would just disappear and re-surface after they were gone.
“It seems like someone in the police is protecting Jamu to an extent of leaking any planned raids.
I got disappointed when the officer-in-charge of Glen Norah police station told me that some papers were missing from Jamu’s docket. He also added that Jamu had since failed to report to the police as part of his bail conditions
A fellow tenant who spoke to the publication confirmed that Jamu stayed at the place they are staying for a few months:
Yes, the two used to stay here. We heard people saying Jamu had killed his first girlfriend but I could not believe it. They were living normally here, but there are occasions when he would severely assault his girlfriend. I recently met the girlfriend and she told me that they are now staying in Marimba Park
I met Jamu just before lockdown in March this year at Mbudzi Roundabout selling doughnuts but I did not talk to him. I thought his cases had been finalised. I am actually surprised to hear that police are looking for him.
Jamu’s family neighbor also said they saw him selling second-hand clothes at some point:
I saw him in Mbare selling second-hand clothes a few months ago. He was relaxed and going about his business nonchalantly. It’s only that we did not know the status of his court cases.
Jamu’s own father Stanley Jamu has said he has tried to get him apprehended but has failed:
I have done my best to assist in the search for my son. His case must be completed and if convicted, he must undergo rehabilitation. There have been a lot of theories and speculations about this case and I am also keen to see its finalisation,
My son must face justice. When he reportedly committed the crime he was arrested and remanded in custody only to be freed on bail at the High Court. However since then, he has absconded court proceedings.
I remember when the police came here looking for him but he was not around. I called and lied to him that some people wanted to do business with him. In no time, Collin was on his way and before he even got to the house, the police who were hiding three houses from here picked him up. However, I was surprised to see him after a few hours walking freely in the streets.
If ever I discover where he is now staying, I will inform the police. Once he serves his jail term, he will come out a changed person
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