Murder Suspect Moves Free In Streets:
A Harare man who is suspected to have murdered his girlfriend was reported to be moving freely around the streets of Harare avoiding 5-year arrest.
The murder suspect who was identified as Collin Jame is reported to have killed his girlfriend in 2015 and skipped bail in 2017. Collin has been moving from one rented house to another in Harare’s western suburbs.
In 2017 Collin is said to have skipped bail and was issued with a warrant of arrest. The police have not located him up to date although he is being seen by members of the public.
According to The Herald, the murder suspect is being accused of killing his lover Mitchel Chipere in Glen Norah over a misunderstanding. The Chipere family and even Jamu’s father want justice to prevail for the alleged crime. they also don’t understand why he is still walking free despite the efforts made to inform the police on his whereabouts
The accused also face other charges of theft.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi this week said they are still looking for the suspect to effect the warrant of arrest.
“Police are looking for that person who is reportedly on the run. We are urging anyone with information that can help in the arrest of the person to come forward. We want to arrest him so that justice can be done to the case,” Asst Comm Nyathi said.
The deceased’s father Mr Brighton Chipere told the Herald that he was not happy with the way his daughter’s case was being handled since Jamu had admitted to the murder.
Jamu admitted in his statement to the police that he killed my daughter. 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, he said.
Mr Chipere strongly suspects that the police are deliberately failing to arrest Jamu as he has informed them of the whereabouts on several occasions.
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, he said.
Mr Chipere confirmed his suspicions about the cover, he testified that he got disappointed when the officer in charge of Glen Norah police station told him that some of the papers were missing from the docket.
However, in 2019 police arrested Jamu but somehow they managed to let him go. Call it ‘deliberate incompetence’ or not but the story goes that the Police took Jamu to the wrong court where he was granted his freedom. The police officers who apprehended Jamu took him to the Magistrates’ Court instead of the High Court.