Pokugara Properties Managing Director Michael John Van Blerk is at it again as he willingly attempts to evade trial in a case in which he stands accused of malicious damage of property.
This follows his recent move in which he notified the court of his intention to apply for discharge.
Michael Van Blerk faces allegations of malicious damage to property a case in which he connived with City of Harare officials including suspended Town Clerk Hosiah Chisango illegally demolished a show house built George Katsimberis at the corner.
The demolished property is situated at Teviotdale and Whitwell Road in Borrowdale.
Blerk’s lawyer, Tawanda Zhuwarara said he will tomorrow apply for discharge though he did not cite reasons for his latest move.
Van Blerk’s trial has stalled for a long time as he at one time told the court that he was suffering from a condition known as catatonic seizure.
State prosecutor Zivanai Macharaga requested for a medical examination which indicated that Van Blerk was fit to stand trial but the government doctor later told the court that he was threatened by unidentified male individuals who said Kenneth Raydon Sharpe’s right hand man was President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ally.
Recently, Van Blerk missed court with his lawyer telling the court that he fell off a horse.
Meanwhile, Van Blerk is coming to court on a wheel chair but soon after proceedings, he is often seeing walking with the aid of a stick and at some moments pushing his own folded wheelchair, in what smacks stage managed sickness just to avoid trial.