Baby killer gets 36 months

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

A WOMAN from Bu­l­awayo who slit her new born baby’s throat and lied to her boyfriend that she suf­fered a mis­car­riage has been sen­tenced to 36 months in pri­son.

Alaika Dube (21) last week told a court she killed the baby be­cause she had cheated on her boyfriend and got im­preg­nated by a mar­ried man.

Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Tancy Dube jailed her on Wed­nes­day.

“This court sen­tences you to three years in jail. Six months will be sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion that you do not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence. The re­main­ing 30 months, you will serve them in jail,” said Miss Dube. Miss

Alaika, from Mpopoma sub­urb, 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.

In mit­i­ga­tion, Alaika said her boyfriend was not the baby’s fa­ther.

“The fa­ther of the child didn’t want any­thing to do with the baby. I had no op­tion but to kill it be­cause I thought it would cre­ate ten­sion be­tween me and my boyfriend,” said Dube.

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.

Muchingambi, in his state­ment, 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.

Muchingambi said he rushed Alaika to hospi­tal and doc­tors said she had given birth.

“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 a plas­tic bag,” he said. — @tan­nytkay.

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