Rob­ber teen (19) kills preg­nant woman, jailed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda

A BU­L­AWAYO teenager who killed a preg­nant woman af­ter rob­bing her of her cell phone and hand­bag con­tain­ing $2 has been sen­tenced to 20 years in jail.

Ti­nashe Siz­iba (19) of Pu­mula South was ar­rested af­ter he sold a mo­bile phone he had stolen to a neighbour.

Bu­l­awayo High Court judge Jus­tice Martin Makonese con­victed Siz­iba of mur­der in con­nec­tion with the death of Pa­tronella Zi­mende (24).

Prose­cut­ing, Ms Nokuthaba Ng­wenya said on March 19 this year shortly af­ter 8PM, Zi­mende dropped off from a com­muter om­nibus and walked home us­ing a road link­ing Makoni shop­ping cen­tre and her house.

The court heard that Zi­mende was spot­ted by Siz­iba who was com­ing from the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

“Siz­iba hatched a plan to rob Zi­mende. He armed him­self with a stone and ran past the de­ceased be­fore he later made a U-turn and fol­lowed her. When Zi­mende no­ticed that she was be­ing fol­lowed, she screamed as she took to her heels,” said Ms Ng­wenya.

Siz­iba pur­sued Zi­mende and struck her at the back of the head, crack­ing her skull and she fell down and lost con­scious­ness. The court heard that the teenager took Zi­mende’s hand­bag and fled to a se­cluded area where he searched it.

“He searched the bag and took a T-shirt, a Nokia Lu­mia cell phone with an Econet line and $2. The ac­cused dumped the hand­bag near a stream and went home,” said Ms Ng­wenya.

Zi­mende re­gained con­scious­ness and stag­gered home, about 500 me­tres away from the scene of the crime.

She col­lapsed soon af­ter get­ting home be­fore she could nar­rate her or­deal to her un­cle, Mr Best Ntini.

Zi­mende was taken to the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals where she was ad­mit­ted in the in­ten­sive care unit un­der life sup­port. She died on March 22.

Ac­cord­ing to the post mortem re­port, the cause of death was due to se­vere cere­bral oedema, skull frac­ture and head trauma.

On May 17 de­tec­tives ar­rested Bhekinkosi Gumbo of Mag­wegwe who was us­ing the stolen phone and he re­vealed that he bought it from Siz­iba lead­ing to his ar­rest.

Al­though Siz­iba in his warned and cau­tioned state­ment ad­mit­ted to killing Zi­mende and rob­bing the woman of her be­long­ings, he later de­nied com­mit­ting the crime through his lawyers Cogh­lan and Welsh Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers.-@mash­nets

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