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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Wed­nes­day, Sep­tem­ber 7, 1966. — An African who ap­peared at Gwelo Mag­is­trate’s Court to­day at a con­tin­u­a­tion of a prepara­tory ex­am­i­na­tion into an al­le­ga­tion of mur­der of Miss Edith Dug­dale (62), at St Pa­trick’s Mis­sion, 21 miles from from Gwelo, said in cross ex­am­i­na­tion that he had only struck the woman twice.

He was Zuze and he was ques­tion­ing Dr David Goold, a Gov­ern­ment med­i­cal of­fi­cer who con­ducted a post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion on Miss Dug­dale, and who said in ev­i­dence that at least six blows had been struck to cause the in­juries he found.

Zuze ad­mit­ted that he had struck Miss Dug­dale twice with a piece of plank­ing and sug­gested that if he had struck her six times then she would have died im­me­di­ately and not lived for 10 hours af­ter the as­sault.

Dr Goold replied that this was not pos­si­ble, and he il­lus­trated to the the court just how the in­juries he found must have been caused by at least six blows. Ear­lier he had said that the cause of Miss Du­dale’s death was “...due to a mas­sive brain dam­age as a re­sult of a frac­tured skull”.

In ad­di­tion to the brain dam­age and skull frac­ture, he said, he found “....bruis­ing and a frac­ture of the lower left arm and a bruise on the right up­per arm...” the size of a tan­ger­ine. There was mas­sive con­tu­sion and lac­er­a­tions of the face and head, the left eye was dam­aged and there were lac­er­a­tions above the eye­brow and and on the fore­head. The side of her skull, was frag­mented, the frac­ture be­ing the size of “a small orange. There was no pos­si­bil­ity of her re­cov­er­ing from her in­juries.

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