Jailed Robert Martin Gumbura was on Friday denied bail after regional magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo dismissed his bail application on changed circumstances on a matter in which he is accused of attempting a jailbreak at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison along with other inmates.
The Independent End Time Message leader’s bail application was dismissed as the court ruled that Gumbura was likely to abscond trial.
Mr Mapfumo said Gumbura was already in custody serving a jail term on other charges and it makes no sense releasing him on bail.
Gumbura applied for bail on changed circumstances arguing that he had approached the Supreme Court seeking a bail pending appeal.
Robert Gumbura was convicted of rape in 2014 and was initially sentenced to 50 years in Chikurubi Prison, but 10 years were suspended from his sentence for good behavior, resulting in an expected sentence of 40 years.