S v Marutsi 1990 (2) ZLR 370 (SC): undesirable for an accused person to be represented at a criminal trial by a law officer from the Attorney-General's office --constitutional issue must be raised in the trial court for reference to the Supreme Court

Manyarara JA:

The appellant had been convicted of negligent driving. At his trial, which took place 26 months after the commission of the offence, he had been defended by a law officer from the Attorney-General's office.

Held that it was undesirable for an accused person to be represented at a criminal trial by a law officer from the Attorney-General's office.

Held that a constitutional issue must be raised in the trial court for reference to the Supreme Court.

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