Mur­der charge for killer nurse, boyfriend

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A KWEKWE Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal nurse and her boyfriend who al­legedly drugged and killed a pa­tient whose iden­ti­fi­ca­tion par­tic­u­lars they used to claim $5 000 in­sur­ance cover from Old Mu­tual Life As­sur­ance Com­pany, have been charged with mur­der.

On Mon­day, the love­birds ap­peared in court charged with fraud.

Pass­ing his rul­ing on whether or not to put the nurse Renica Chak­ab­va­pasi (30) and her boyfriend God­win Takarwa Mug­wangi (48) on re­mand yes­ter­day, Kwekwe Mag­is­trate, Mr Tau­rai Man­were, said the State had proved that the pair could have con­nived to kill Lee Mazarire (26).

Chak­ab­va­pasi and Mug­wangi ap­peared be­fore Mr Man­were fac­ing one count of mur­der.

They were not asked to plead and re­manded in cus­tody to Septem­ber 29 — the same date they are set to ap­pear to an­swer al­le­ga­tions of de­fraud­ing Old Mu­tual Life As­sur­ance Com­pany of $5 000.

Mr Man­were said the State had man­aged to prove that there was a link be­tween Chak­ab­va­pasi and Mug­wangi in the al­leged mur­der of Mazarire who al­legedly suc­cumbed to the ef­fects of yet to be iden­ti­fied tablets which he re­ceived from Chak­ab­va­pasi on Septem­ber 3.

He said the post­mortem re­sults on Mazarire’s re­mains, which were ex­humed on Tues­day and taken to a Bu­l­awayo hos­pi­tal, would be used as an ex­hibit in due course.

“We’re deal­ing with an ap­pli­ca­tion for place­ment of the two ac­cused peo­ple fac­ing mur­der on re­mand by the State. The State sug­gests that ac­cused one (Chak­ab­va­pasi) and ac­cused two (Mug­wangi) are con­nected in this case, an al­le­ga­tion which the de­fence coun­sel failed to dis­pute.

“Ac­cord­ing to the State, there are eye­wit­nesses who saw ac­cused one, on the af­ter­noon of Septem­ber 3 and while dressed in her nurse’s uni­form giv­ing the now de­ceased tablets. That same night, the de­ceased told his sis­ter that the tablets he had re­ceived from ac­cused one were mak­ing him worse and that dy­ing dec­la­ra­tion by Mazarire wasn’t dis­puted by the de­fence,” said Mr Man­were.

He added: “There is also the is­sue of med­i­cal files of the de­ceased which were found un­der the car seat of ac­cused num­ber two, that was not dis­puted and the same ac­cused claimed in­sur­ance cover of $5 000 for the de­ceased and that was also not dis­puted.

“So the facts al­leged by the State con­sti­tute a crime of mur­der and the ap­pli­ca­tion to place them on re­mand is granted.”

The mag­is­trate said the love birds would also an­swer to the charges of fraud.

Prose­cu­tor, Miss Yeukai Mugumba told the court that Chak­ab­va­pasi, in the course of her duty, would iden­tify some ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients ad­mit­ted at Kwekwe Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and use them to swin­dle Old Mu­tual Life As­sur­ance Com­pany.

It is the State’s case that she would then se­cretly ob­tain their par­tic­u­lars which she would sup­ply to her boyfriend Mug­wangi who would use them to open cash back in­sur­ance poli­cies with­out the knowl­edge of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

They al­legedly stole Mazarire’s par­tic­u­lars and Mug­wangi claimed that he was his cousin be­fore open­ing a cash back fu­neral plan for him when in fact they were not re­lated.

Mazarire died on Septem­ber 6 and Chak­ab­va­pasi is al­leged to have speed­ily fa­cil­i­tated the ac­qui­si­tion of a burial or­der, which she in turn handed over to Mug­wangi who claimed $5 000 from the in­sur­ance com­pany.-@pchi­tumba1

Renica Chak­ab­va­pasi

Fos­ter Don­gozi

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