Lover ‘killer’ cop on the run

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda

THE trial of a Bu­l­awayo policeman sus­pected to have killed his girl­friend in cold blood in a dis­pute over his mar­riage, failed to kick off yes­ter­day at the High Court amid re­ports that he is now on the run.

Brighton Chagonda (30) of Lu­veve Po­lice Camp al­legedly killed Mrs Sitha­bile NdlovuNcube be­fore he dumped her naked body in a storm drain on Au­gust 19, 2013.

At his last court ap­pear­ance, Bu­l­awayo High Court judge Jus­tice Lawrence Kamocha re­manded Chagonda out of cus­tody on $500 bail.

He set strin­gent con­di­tions, which in­cluded re­port­ing to the po­lice thrice a week and to re­side at the same camp which he gave as his ad­dress. The judge also or­dered Chagonda to sur­ren­der his travel doc­u­ments to the As­sis­tant Reg­is­trar of the High Court and not to in­ter­fere with witnesses. The mat­ter has since been struck off the roll. The court heard that Chagonda and Mrs Ndlovu-Ncube (35) were lovers but the two were al­ways fight­ing.

Chagonda al­legedly as­saulted Mrs NdlovuNcube, a for­mer il­le­gal money changer pop­u­larly known as os­iphathe­leni, when she told him that her mar­riage was about to break down be­cause of their af­fair.

It is al­leged that on Au­gust 19, 2013 at about 1AM, Chagonda and Mrs Ndlovu-Ncube were out­side house num­ber 2554 in Cow­dray Park when they al­legedly had an al­ter­ca­tion.

Chagonda al­legedly slapped her. He also as­saulted Mrs Ndlovu-Ncube with sticks, re­sult­ing in bruises all over her body.

Mrs Ndlovu-Ncube’s body was found ly­ing in a storm drain by neigh­bours the fol­low­ing morn­ing who then called the po­lice to the scene.

Po­lice took her body to the United Bu­l­awayo Hospi­tal for a post mortem. In­ves­ti­ga­tions led to Chagonda’s ar­rest.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, ev­i­dence link­ing Chagonda to the mur­der of Mrs Ndlovu-Ncube is that he was al­legedly seen by neigh­bours as­sault­ing her near the storm drain where her body was found.

It is also al­leged that the clothes that Chagonda was wear­ing on the day in ques­tion had blood stains. — @mash­nets

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