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THE trial of two touts accused of stripping and harassing a Harare woman was postponed Thursday over an argument regarding a video of the incident between the state and defence attorneys.

Marvellous Kandemiri, 32, and Blessing Chinodakufa, 31, face indecent assault charges over the incident which occurred at Harare’s Simon Vengai Muzenda Street (formerly Fourth Street) bus terminus and involved several other suspects who are still at large.

A video of the December 17 attack went viral leading to widespread condemnation of the touts by rights groups and activists.

The court stand-off came after prosecutor Kudzayi Chigwedere asked investigating officer Assistant Inspector Lizzie Sambayi to take the court through the video and explain how it was linked to the accused.

“The video is material to this case and the investigating officer used it in investigations,” she said.

“We want this witness to take us through the video and indicate how she linked the accused to the offence.”

But defence lawyer Nathaniel Chigoro, who is representing one of the accused Kandemiri, objected saying Asst Insp Sambaya was not the originator of the video and would not be able to answer questions.

“She was not the one taking the video and she was not present when the offence was committed,” said Chigoro.

“If she takes us through the video we will have a lot of questions to ask her like the quality of camera, position of the person shooting the video, if it was a mobile phone, what type was it? et cetera.”

Magistrate Rekina Dzikiti postponed the case to Monday saying she needed time seek clarity and research on the law governing the playing of videos in court.

Kandemiri and Chinodakufa pleaded not guilty to indecent assault.

Source : New Zimbabwe