Three suspects who were appearing at Harare Magistrates Court on different matters received court orders to be mentally examined after exhibiting signs of mental instability.
The first was Shepherd Musekiwa who appeared before Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga and before his matter was called out, he was urging the court to ‘increase watts’ because he was sitting at the back and couldn’t hear what was being said in the matter.
He was then taken out of the court room and was called back when it was his turn to be heard.
When he was asked whether he had complainants against the police when he was in their custody he started hallucinating.
“When I was walking in the streets I am seeking divine intervention, I am also looking for food and assistance, bone marrow, discriminating, that’s the only issue,” he said, causing the court gallery to roar into laughter.
Prosecutor Sabastian Mutizirwa applied to proceed with the Mental Health Act after failing to comprehend what he was saying in response to the questions that he had been asked.
Musekiwa is being charged for malicious damage to property.
Circumstances are that on September 19, at around 1115 hrs at Runhare House in Harare CBD, the complainant, Gilbert Mashapa was at work when Musekiwa went there and pushed four vases worth US$200 and broke them for no clear reason.
The second to appear was Last Tatenda, who was also being charged for malicious damage to property.
The State alleged that on September 20 at around 5am, at B and B House in the Harare CBD, Tatenda went to the premises and kicked the display glass and it broke into pieces, causing a damage of US$7000.
Mutizirwa applied for the court to issue an order to have Tatenda mentally examined before having the charge read to him.
Third to appear was Dales Bangura who is accused of assaulting his father, Cabbie Bangura.
Dales, 25, is alleged to have had a disagreement with his father after he used a pick to break the door and upon being questioned by his father, he assaulted him with the pick but sustained no injuries.
Mutizirwa applied for Bangura to be mentally examined before being tried for the offence.
All the suspects will appear in court on October 5.