Wife murderer escapes hangman

High Court Judge Lawrence Kamocha has sentenced a 22-year-old man from Lower Gweru to life imprisonment after for murdering his teenage ex-wife in June 2012.

Chief Law officer Rosa Takuva told the court that on the 28 June 2012 and at around 1700 hours, the deceased, Melody Kapinga aged 17 at time of her death, left her parents’ home at village Gebuza, Chief Bunina, Lower Gweru to fetch water at a nearby borehole.

Mduduzi Nyathi followed her and quarrelled with her over their marital relationship. The couple had a seven-month-old child together and once stayed as wife and husband, but had since separated.

Nyathi hit Takuva with stones on the head resulting in her instant death. He then dumped her body in a pit and went to St Faith Business Centre, Lower Gweru for a beer drink but a member of the neighbourhood watch noticed blood stains on his clothes and arrested him after a report of the missing girl was made.

In passing judgement, Justice Kamocha said the accused was “inherently wicked” and the brutal attack required that he be imprisoned for life.

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