The recent judgement by a Harare magistrate who gave a wholly suspended sentence to an accused, Nqobile Vuma, who was facing charges of attempted murder has come under heavy criticism from some sections of the judicial fraternity.Harare magistrate, Mr. Morgan Nemadire this week sentenced Nqobile Vuma who was facing charges of attempted murder to 5 years and wholly suspended the sentence on condition that Vuma pays US$649 restitution for medical bills.
The amount was however rejected by the complainant who said the court had trivialised the matter.
A legal expert, Mr. Alexander Rusero said the public no longer have confidence in the justice delivery system.
The complainants have again expressed disappointment at the sentence saying it was justice denied.
While magistrates have the privilege to exercise their discretion, the public feels that there should be checks and balances on matters regarding human life.
Some analysts say the same magistrate made yet another blunder when he acquitted another accused person who was facing charges of kidnapping, assault and theft.
The accused is understood to have caused permanent injuries to another person who is currently failing to exercise his conjugal rights for life.
The accused was acquitted on the grounds that the police arrested him after a year.