Gweru magistrate Thomas Gurajena has ordered the release from police custody for an Airforce of Zimbabwe pilot Tashinga Musonza, who murdered his girlfriend Lucy Duve accusing her of cheating.
Musonza told the court through his lawyer that he had been held for 53 hours before being taken to court.
Gurajena ruled that it was an abuse of a suspect’s rights to hold them in police custody for more than 48 hours.
I t is the state’s case that Musonza went to their joint lodgings at about 10pm on Monday night and found Duve sleeping.
He allegedly woke the woman up and accused her of cheating on him with a colleague. They started to argue, with Duve denying the allegations.
They then drove to his airbase to clarify the matter with Musonza’s colleague who denied the allegations. Unconvinced, Musonza started to beat Duve with his hands and kicked her with his boots. Attempts by his colleague to stop the beating were unsuccessful so he went to fetch assistance.
Upon their return, Duve was found unconscious lying in a pool of blood and subsequently succumbed to her injuries.
The late Duve was a lawyer.