Mum who slit love child’s throat in court

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Reporter

A WOMAN from Bu­l­awayo who re­cently cut her new born baby’s throat told a court she killed the tot be­cause she had cheated on her boyfriend and got im­preg­nated by a mar­ried man.

Alaika Dube (21) from Mpopoma sub­urb al­legedly slit her baby’s throat with a kitchen knife, wrapped it in a plas­tic bag and placed it in a suit­case.

She had been co-habit­ing with her boyfriend Nyasha Muchingambi (30) since May this year at Western Com­mon­age Hos­tels where she com­mit­ted the of­fence.

Dube told Western Com­mon­age magistrate Miss Tancy Dube that Muchingambi was not the baby’s fa­ther.

“My boyfriend was not the baby’s fa­ther. I had been im­preg­nated by a mar­ried man,” Dube said.

Magistrate Dube did not ask her to plead and re­manded her in cus­tody to to­day.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Ma­gret Takawira told the court that on July 16 at around 5AM, Dube gave birth to a mature baby boy.

“The ac­cused per­son slit the baby’s throat with a knife, wrapped the body in a plas­tic bag and hid it in a suit­case. When her boyfriend woke up he saw a pool of blood and the ac­cused per­son said she had a mis­car­riage,” she said.

Ms Takawira said Machingambi called an am­bu­lance.

“A med­i­cal re­port from the doc­tor who at­tended the ac­cused proved that the ac­cused had given birth to a mature baby. The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice lead­ing to the ar­rest of the ac­cused,” she said.

In his state­ment read out in court, Muchingambi said Dube kept get­ting out of bed through­out the night.

“Around 5AM, she told me that she wanted to re­lieve her­self but wanted to use a bucket. Although I was half awake I still re­call hear­ing a brief cry of a baby. When I asked her about it she said she didn’t hear the sound,” read the state­ment.

He added: “I dashed to the po­lice sta­tion and told them that my girl­friend had suf­fered a mis­car­riage. When the am­bu­lance got home she was scrub­bing the blood from the floor. In the bucket there was an um­bil­i­cal cord and the tech­ni­cians told me to fol­low with it to the hospi­tal.”

Machingambi said doc­tors proved that a baby had been de­liv­ered.

“The doc­tor who in­spected the rest of the re­mains in the bucket proved that it was pla­centa and said that a baby must have been de­liv­ered. I then re­called that I had heard a baby cry. I went back and in­formed the po­lice at Western Com­mon­age and we went to­gether to search at my place. That’s when we found the baby in the plas­tic bag.”

A po­lice of­fi­cer uses a pub­lic ad­dress sys­tem to re­mind mo­torists to leave their cars locked dur­ing a cam­paign against thefts from cars in the Bu­l­awayo re­cently

Alaika Dube

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