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.