Relatives are fuming after the file in the case against the uncle of the slain seven-year-old Tapiwa Makore, suddenly went missing at court yesterday.
Mr Thanks Makore, Tapiwa’s uncle, is one of the key suspect believed to have been the mastermind in the murder which was discovered on the 17th September 2020. Tapiwa’s body was found dismembered and several parts including the skull missing.
Tapiwa’s family expressed dismayed with the events of Monday morning at the High Court.
One family member said;
“We got to the high court, there were many relatives at around 8am, when we got it in at around 9am, we were ready to protest and it was Mai Tapiwa’s first time to come to court…
“So the lawyer suddenly told us the files are missing.
“He also announced saying the judge on the case did not come, and the files are missing.“
He also said, “Neither Thanks Makore is attending court.”
Later on responding early Tuesday morning, the family lawyer, Thabitha Chikeya, speaking on Tilder Live, made a detailed albeit contradicting response saying the judge had carried the file home to work on it there, while at the same time saying that there are always two copies, including one which is left at court, should a Judge decide to carry one home.
“Yes it is true that his file was not there when we got there; so we were told to come back on the 18th of December,” they said.
“I went to see the clerk for justice Chitapi who said that the file will be taken to his house because he is on vacation.
“On the issue of DNA checks, we are going back today, we were told that they are going to check the report…
“We are going to PGHQ, the office of the police commissioner general, the DNA records are in the hands of the police right now the company does not have anything with them.
“There is a head (skull) that was found and it was commented that the head cannot be that of a 7 year old child.” Chikeya said.
The lawyer, however, added confusion when she said, the file that the judge takes to his home is just a copy, the original remains at court.
“The one that they would have carried is a dummy record if you go to court you will be able to find the actual file,” the lawyer said.