Jury considering verdict on wife murder charge
Husband accused of stabbing woman to death in sustained attack
THE jury in the case of an Uxbridge woman who was stabbed to death at her home has retired to consider its verdict.
Shonhiwa ‘Gibson’ Mazikana is accused of murdering his wife Emily Munemo in a ‘frenzied attack’ on January 30 this year, which the 41-year-old mechanic denies.
His trial at Southwark Crown Court heard how the defendant allegedly stabbed his wife, a 42-yearold nurse at Watford General Hospital, to death two weeks after he was cleared of beating her up.
Anthony Orchard QC, prosecuting, said: “On that Friday morning shortly after 9am, the defendant had gone to Emily Munemo’s home at Collingwood Road, Uxbridge, and attacked her.
“The defendant used two knives to inflict multiple wounds during what appears to have been a sustained attack on Emily Munemo.
“The reason he used two knives is because one broke, leaving the knife blade embedded in her scalp. The handle was to be found at the side of her body. The stabbing bore all the hallmarks of a frenzied attack.
“After the attack the defendant told friends he had been involved in a ‘fight’ with Emily that morning but did not reveal to them the extent of that fight.”
The couple were both born in Zimbabwe and Ms Munemo came to the UK in 1999.
Mazikana followed her a few years later, but by 2012 their relationship had deteriorated and he was seeing another woman in Birmingham, jurors were told.
On November 23, 2013, police were called to the matrimonial home in Collingwood Road and Ms Munemo alleged that Mazikana had assaulted her. During his arrest, Mazikana attacked a police officer, the court heard.
“As a result of that arrest he moved out of Collingwood Road, solicitors were instructed by both and a nonmolestation occupational order was applied for by her,” said Mr Orchard.
Mazikana, of Reid Close, Hayes, was acquitted of assaulting his wife but was convicted of assaulting the officer, the court was told.
He was due to be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on the day of the alleged attack on Ms Munemo.
“Our case is that he blamed Emily Munemo for his conviction,” said Mr Orchard. “There is no doubt the defendant was very wound up about his domestic situation.
“So much so that approximately two weeks before the murder he discussed killing Emily with a friend.”
The court was told that Mazikana’s friend thought he was joking but the following day received a text message asking ‘ any luck?’.
Ms Munemo’s body was found in the living room by her lodger Sonia Sola.
Mr Orchard said: “She thought Emily was asleep. She completed some jobs around the kitchen before going into the living room.
“When she did so she found Emily lying on her stomach, motionless on the floor in front of her computer.
“Emily’s body was covered in blood. Sonia thought the attacker might still in the house and ran from the house screaming.”
Jurors retired on Friday to consider their verdict and deliberations were continuing on Tuesday as The Gazette went to press.