Judges lash ‘disingenuous’ magistrate for ‘mind-boggling’ action

A provincial magistrate has come under fire from two judges of the high court in Zimbabwe for “conducting himself as a loose cannon” and for not telling the truth to an accused about what the judges had ordered in their review of the original trial court sentence. The magistrate first imposed a hopelessly lenient sentence on a bus driver whose negligence directly caused the death of six people and then misrepresented to the accused the high court’s order on review.

Read the judgment on ZimLII here

THE unusually strong criticism of the high court judges in this matter was directed at an unnamed provincial magistrate who made a mess of sentencing an accused and then made the situation worse by not following the order of the judges in their review of the case.


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