BULAWAYO, Friday, July 29, 1966 — An 18-year-old European youth appeared in Que Que Magistrate’s Court today and was remanded in custody to August 11 for a preparatory examination into an allegation of murdering a woman.
A statement alleged to have been made by the youth was read to the court by Det Insp GW Gibson. In it the youth said he stopped work at 5pm on Wednesday and went to a Que Que hotel where he drank with two friends until dinner.
After dinner they went to a cocktail bar and bought some beers and sat down “where these other people were sitting — this old lady and these two blokes that are in here now.’’
“Then we went from there into ----’s room and we finished our drinks. Then she wanted someone to walk her home and she wanted --- to take her in his car but he wouldn’t.’’
He said she asked him to walk her home. When they got there she started fondling him. He then had intercourse with her before going home.
‘’Then I woke up this morning. I didn’t know I’d done it until after breakfast and then I remembered I’d done it. I thought about going to the police and telling them.’’
The statement continued: “Then these two CID chaps came and picked me up and brought me here. “I had drunk more than I usually drink and I was drunk. I didn’t mean to kill her. She must have just suffocated underneath the pillow. That is all.”
The Que Que public prosecutor, Mr M Spencer-Cook, appeared for the Crown. Superintendent WJ Rattray was in charge of the investigations.