Mum kills baby, es­capes cops & steals ev­i­dence

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Andile Tshuma

A BU­L­AWAYO woman who killed her one week old baby and stashed it in a plas­tic bag be­fore throw­ing it away has been sen­tenced to 33 months im­pris­on­ment.

The woman went on to es­cape from po­lice cus­tody and stole doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to her ar­rest to de­stroy ev­i­dence.

Rosetta Pre­cious Moyo (24) from Cow­dray Park sub­urb was ar­rested af­ter she claimed to have dumped her one week old baby at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium af­ter it had died on their way to hos­pi­tal.

She ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube charged with in­fan­ti­cide, un­law­ful es­cape from cus­tody and theft. She pleaded not guilty but Ms Dube con­victed her due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence.

Un­der pres­sure dur­ing cross ex­am­i­na­tion, Moyo broke down and con­fessed that she com­mit­ted all the crimes she was charged with.

Ms Dube lashed out at her for her “un­be­com­ing be­hav­iour.”

“I don’t even have the words to de­scribe what you have done,” the mag­is­trate said.

“Cruel, self­ish peo­ple like you should be dealt with in an ex­em­plary man­ner to send a mes­sage to so­ci­ety that such will not be tol­er­ated. You are there­fore sen­tenced to 33 months in prison.

“For the first count you are sen­tenced to 15 months im­pris­on­ment of which five months will be sus­pended for three years on con­di­tion that within that pe­riod you will not com­mit any of­fence in­volv­ing in­fan­ti­cide.

“For the sec­ond count, you are sen­tenced to nine months in prison. Three months will be sus­pended for three years on con­di­tion that you don’t com­mit an of­fence in­volv­ing theft within that pe­riod. “For the third count, you are sen­tenced to nine months im­pris­on­ment, of which three months will be sus­pended on con­di­tion that you don’t com­mit an of­fence in­volv­ing es­cape from law­ful cus­tody.” Moyo will serve an ef­fec­tive 22 months in prison. For the State, Mr Mu­faro Mageza said Moyo gave birth to a baby-girl on July 1 at Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal. She was dis­charged a few days later. On July 6 the baby de­vel­oped some com­pli­ca­tions and she left home at around 8AM, headed for the clinic to seek med­i­cal as­sis­tance for the child. Upon ar­rival at the clinic she was re­ferred to Mpilo but re­turned home on July 11 with­out the baby.

Her land­lady Ms Roda Mpofu ques­tioned her on the where­abouts of the baby and Moyo said it died at the hos­pi­tal and there­fore had been buried at West Park Ceme­tery.

How­ever, since West Park was closed af­ter burial space ran out, Ms Mpofu de­tected the lie and alerted her neigh­bours.

Fur­ther pressed for the truth, Moyo lied again say­ing the baby had been in­cin­er­ated.

Un­con­vinced, Ms Mpofu and other res­i­dents reported the mat­ter to the po­lice.

Moyo told the po­lice at the sta­tion that the baby had died while on their way to Mpilo hos­pi­tal, and she put it in a plas­tic bag and threw it into a pit at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium. Po­lice at­tended the scene and noth­ing was dis­cov­ered.

While she was de­tained at Cow­dray Park po­lice base, she stole the po­lice re­port book, a re­ceipt book, oc­cur­rence book and a docket be­fore es­cap­ing, to try and de­stroy ev­i­dence.

The stolen prop­erty was val­ued at $50 and it was all re­cov­ered.— @andile_t­shuma.

Rosetta Pre­cious Moyo

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