Gweru – Prominent Midlands land developer, Smelly Dube who is facing corruption charges is critically ill and unconscious in hospital, her lawyer Joshua Chirambwe has said.
Dube’s court hearing which kicked off yesterday afternoon started from her hospital bed at Claybank where the magistrate, prosecutor and lawyers spent a few minutes before reverting to Gweru Magistrates Court where arguments between the State and defence lawyers continued.
Chirambwe told Gokwe resident Magistrate Taurai Manwera who is presiding over the case that his client is unconscious, critically ill and can therefore not be remanded because she is unaware that she has been charged.
He argued that remanding her will be an infringement of her right because she has not been charged.
Mirirai Shumba representing the State however, argued that Dube was aware of the charges against her because she was told about these by the investigating officer before she fell ill.
The Prosecutor undertook to bring the investigating officers before the court adjourned yesterday to give evidence.
The investigating officers Assistant Commissioner Temba Mushoriwa and Chief Inspector Vengai Sibanda gave evidence today and told the court that they called Dube and told her to come to the Police Station and she knows her case.
They said Dube told them that she was in Marondera attending a funeral when they called her. She assured to meet the investigating officers as soon as she was back.
She didn’t, according to the officers. They went to look for her and that is when they were told that she was in hospital.
The investigating officers said that they went to hospital and Dube was not unconscious when they got there. They said they talked to her and she is aware of the case.
Magistrate Manwera has adjourned the case and is expected to give a ruling at 3pm on whether to remand Dube. https://masvingomirror.com