HIGH Court judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu has granted Fortunate Nsoro, the Chrtungwiza woman who allegedly killed her husband last month, $50 bail pending trial.
As part of her bail conditions, Nsoro was ordered to reside at her given address and report to Mabvuku Police Station every Friday and warned not to interfere with State witnesses.
Justice Bhunu addressed the State’s worries, saying Nsoro was not a flight risk as she was of fixed aboard and it was unlikely that she would interfere with the State witnesses.
“Applicant has no other criminal charges pending against her; neither does she have a criminal record,” he said. “She has not interfered with the police investigations neither has she threatened nor fiddled with witnesses. She also has a valid defence to the charges she is facing.”
The State represented by Mr Tapiwa Kasena had opposed bail, saying Nsoro was facing a serious charge and was not a proper candidate for bail.
Nsoro’s lawyer, Ms Edroth Chizengera of Legal Aid Directorate, argued that the seriousness of an offence was not sufficient ground for denying her bail.
“My client is of fixed aboard and she has given the court an alternative address,” she said. “Investigations are almost complete, thus there is no danger of interfering with State witnesses or tampering with evidence.
“If admitted to bail, Nsoro will not abscond because she has a valid defence against the charges being levelled against her, thus it is in her best interest to prove her innocence.”
Nsoro is alleged to have stabbed her husband, Petros Mutasa, after she saw “offensive” messages on his phone from his alleged girlfriend.
In a fit of rage, Nsoro stabbed Mutasa using three kitchen knives on the arm, chest and neck, killing him instantly.
Nsoro’s daughter, who was at the crime scene, reported the matter to the police and the three knives were recovered beside Mutasa’s body.