O.H. captain, Mark Vermeulen, breaches bail conditions

Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 21, 2007

Former Test cricketer, Mark Vermeulen, breached one of his bail conditions when he was seen at Harare Sports Club during the First Class cricket match between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka A. Vermeulen is accused of setting fire to the Harare Sports Club boardroom, as well as causing millions of dollars of damage to the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy at the Country Club just outside of Harare. One of Vermeulen's bail conditions was that he doesn't enter the Harare Sports Club premises.

Apparantly, he was seen inside the ground on the first day of the match played by the touring Sri Lankan A side. He was also seen in the nets, practising with some school children.

Mishrod Guvamombe, a Harare magistrate, reprimanded Vermeulen after he apologised.

His lawyer, Eric Matinenga, has applied to have Vermeulen's bail restrictions lifted. This application will be heard after consultations with Dr. A. Rajkovic, a forensic psychologist.

Should the bail restrictions be lifted, it will be good news for the Old Hararians. Until now, any of their club matches at Harare Sports Club, they have have been without the services of their captain and leading run-scorer, Mark Vermeulen.