Jaison Muvevi Escapes Murder Trial After Being Declared Mentally Unstable, Admitted to Psychiatric Hospital

Jaison Muvevi will not face trial for the murder of four people because he has been deemed mentally unstable.

Following the declaration of his mental instability, Muvevi was admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

Muvevi, a former member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), underwent a mental evaluation as ordered by Harare Magistrate Dennis Mangosi.

Muvevi’s lawyer had previously argued that he was mentally unfit to stand trial, prompting Magistrate Dennis Mangosi to order a medical examination.

Legal Proceedings Unfold

After reviewing psychiatric reports from two different doctors, Magistrate Dennis Mangosi announced on Tuesday that Jaison Muvevi is mentally unfit to stand trial and ordered his admission to a psychiatric hospital.

“Accused first appeared in court on January facing allegations of murder. Counsel for the accused made an application to have the accused examined in terms of the mental health act. It was not opposed by the State. He was then examined by 2 doctors and both doctors agreed that the accused is having mental challenges. The court is motivated to commit him to a psychiatric hospital,” ruled the magistrate.

Details of the Horrific Murders

Muvevi was arrested in Mozambique in January of this year, just three days after allegedly killing three people in Hwedza, Mashonaland East Province, in a shocking incident that garnered national attention. He also faces charges of attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms, and illegal border crossing.

On January 13th of this year, Jaison Muvevi, believed to be a gold dealer, killed Crispen Mubvana Kanerusine (62), an apostolic church leader, while he was preaching in front of his congregation in Hwedza. He then fatally shot Inspector Maxwell Hove (43), the officer in charge of Hwedza Police Station, and Munashe Mujanhi (20), a male bartender. Constable Mugova was also seriously injured during the gunfight with the former police officer.

After these murders in Hwedza, Muvevi managed to escape, leading to a police manhunt for him.