Pastor Magarimbo’s case continues

The trial of Abundant Life Ministries Pastor Danmore Magorimbo entered day two with the state and the defence lawyers arguing over the admissibility of recorded evidence.

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Magorimbo is facing one count of rape, another of attempted rape and a 3rd count of indecent assault.

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The recorded evidence, according to the state, is critical in the trial of this case and must be used to prove the grounds of rape beyond reasonable doubt.

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Mr Michael Reza, who is representing the state, said the mobile phone which was used to record conversations must be tendered as evidence and the transcript of the recordings must also be used.

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Mr Reza cited the Morgan Tsvangirai treason trial in which recorded evidence was admitted by the High Court.

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However, Magorimbo’s lawyer, Mr Charles Chinyama said the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act does not provide for the use of such evidence, saying the recordings could have been tempered with using technology in order to secure a conviction.

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Meanwhile, the presiding Magistrate, Mr Adornia Masawi has ruled in favour of the state and said any relevant evidence is admissible in court.

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Magorimbo’s trial is being held in a Victim Friendly Court after revelations by the state that the accused had supernatural powers to change the complainant into a zombie once she had eye contact with accused.

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Magorimbo is alleged to have raped the complainant after tricking her that by having sexual intercourse with her, he will be able to drive away evil spirits allegedly coming from her husband.