Gweru High Court circuit: 17 murder cases lined up
THE High Court circuit will open on Monday for the third term with 17 murder cases lined up for trial in Gweru including that of a traditional healer who allegedly caused the death of two clients by administering a poisonous substance in their food.
Claitos Malunga of Zvishavane allegedly gave each of his clients a cup with poison which they consumed leading to their death.
In another case, a Gweru man, Agreement Zhou, allegedly laced his friend’s beer with a chemical thereby causing his instant death.
The High Court is expected to also hear the case of a Gokwe man who stabbed his wife several times on her chest with a knife, causing injuries that resulted in her death in a suspected case of infidelity.
Bulawayo High Court Judge, Justice Maxwell Takuva, with assessors Mrs Chipo Junia Baye and Mr Wellington Matemba, will deal with the 17 murder cases.
According to a recent police report, most of the murder cases in the country are fuelled by trivial misunderstandings such as beer, girlfriends and domestic disputes.
Records show that knives machetes, axes and knobkerries are some of the common weapons used in committing the crimes while some of the killers have used bare hands.
National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said there is a need for awareness campaigns and monitoring of home tools such as axes and machetes in order to reduce murder cases. — @pchitumba1