Gweru High Court cir­cuit: 17 mur­der cases lined up

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

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

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