Jury con­sid­er­ing ver­dict on wife mur­der charge

Hus­band ac­cused of stab­bing woman to death in sus­tained at­tack

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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