A Nsanje man accused of sleeping with 100 girls and women in a series of ritual cleansing will wait a bit longer for bail determination after the Nsanje principal court adjourned the case to September 29,2016.
The defence counsels applied for bail for Eric Aniva Aniva, who comes from Chiphwembe Village in Traditional Authority(T/A) Malemia, saying he has a right to get bail.
Prosecutor Christopher Botoman opposed the bail request for Eric Aniva over fears that he could “intimidate and influence” witnesses not to testify in court.
Given the “nature and seriousness of the offence and the severity of the punishment if convicted” it would “not be in the interest of justice to release the accused on bail.”
The prosecution also said the 45-year-old — who has said he is infected with the AIDS virus — was likely to jump bail and cross the border into Mozambique.
However, Principal magistrate Innocent Nebi said he has to be given time to go through the bail application documents before making his ruling.
Magistrate Nebi said by the time the court resumes, he will make a ruling on the bail application.
The defence counsels accused the state for failure to bring the remaining witnesses so that the case should be concluded in time.
The principal magistrate concurred with the defence as he advised the state counsel to bring all the witnesses when it resume come September 29.
“The state make sure that you bring all the remaining five witnesses when the court resumes. Be serious on this issue. The court adjourn to the set dates,” he said.
The state has only paraded three witnesses out of the said eight.
During the hearing Friday the state paraded on one witness out of six.