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'Killer' soldier in bid for bail

By unknown | Jul 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

State and defence counsels have concluded their submissions in the bail application of a Limpopo soldier who allegedly hacked his wife and three children to death.

Meshack Kharivhe, 38, is facing four counts of murder after he allegedly killed his wife Winisani Kharivhe, 28, Zwonaka, 7, Thendo, 3, and nine-month-old toddler Maduvha, at Mukula near Thohoyandou.

Kharivhe's lawyer, advocate Maele Mushasha, wants the court to release his client, saying his job is in jeopardy because he has already spent more than three months off duty.

Kharivhe was arrested in April, on the same day of the alleged crimes.

e allegedly went to a satellite police station at Matatshe and reported that he had killed his wife and children because his wife "was cheating on him".

During his earlier appearance, Kharivhe asked the magistrate to speed up his case because he wanted to plead to the charges against him.

He later changed his mind and said he knew nothing about the offences.

State prosecutor Mashudu Nekhumbe asked magistrate Willem Smith not to grant Kharivhe bail.

Nekhumbe described Kharivhe's evidence as "tricks to evade jail", because he had also stripped naked and demanded to be mentally observed to escape jail.

But psychiatrists found him fit to stand trial.

Smith remanded Kharivhe in custody and postponed the matter to Thursday as the trial date is also yet to be set.


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