Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday adjourned a murder case facing a prominent businessman in the city Marijani Abdubakari Msofe, alias Papaa Msofe, to September 5, this year.
The decision to adjourn the case was reached by the court after the accused failed to be brought before the court because he was ill.
Before Resident Magistrate Agnes Mchome the court was also told that investigation into the case was yet to be completed, hence the magistrate adjourned the case to September 5, this year.
Msofe is accused of having killed a fellow businessman Onesphory Kituli, last year over a house possession feud which the deceased had bought on mortgage after he had paid advance payment amounting 30m/-.
When first charged the accused was not allowed to enter any plea because the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s court does not have jurisdiction over murder cases, which are normally heard by the High Court.
Narrating the background to the case, Kinondoni regional police commander Charles Kenyela said Papaa Msofe was arrested following the killing of Kituli, a resident of Magomeni in Dar es Salaam.
Kenyela explained that Papaa Msofe gave 30m/- to Kituli on condition that the latter would mortgage his house if he failed to pay the money back.
However, Msofe and unidentified accomplices are alleged to have started ‘threatening’ the late Kituli over the matter.
He added that following the harassment, Kituli filed a case in court, but the man was later found dead in front of his house on the very day judgment was due to be delivered. Nothing was taken from the house.