Thomspon Tshuma (43) of Plumtree appeared before magistrate Mr Taurai Manwere facing murder charges. He was not given bail and was asked to apply for bail at the High Court instead. He was remanded in custody to November 2.
Tshuma allegedly tortured his friend, Chrispen Musa, to death using a hot iron after he caught him in bed with his wife Nomthandazo Ncube. Tshuma was supposed to be away on business and returned home unexpectedly.
Prosecutor Mr Zorodzai Pengapenga told the court:
On 11 July Tshuma left his house going to Matobo District to do some business. Musa knew about this and he took advantage of his friend’s absence to set an appointment with his wife Ms Nomthandazo Ncube with whom he was having an affair.
Musa arranged with his lover that they would spend the night together at her house. At around 11PM on the same day Tshuma returned home unexpectedly. He knocked on the door and when he opened he saw Musa naked hiding behind the door.
[After overpowering Musa] Tshuma took a dehorning iron and proceeded with it outside to a fireplace. He locked the bedroom door from outside to stop his wife and friend from escaping.
He placed the iron on the fire until it was red hot and he returned with it to the bedroom. He tortured Musa by burning him several times all over the body until he sustained severe burns.
Tshuma was arrested after Musa died two days later.