A Harare maid, Memory Zvinzveku, has appeared before Harare Magistrates’ Court facing homicide charges after she allegedly strangled her employer’s child.
The 19-year-old maid is said to have strangled the now deceased boy on 22 January and laid him to bed afterwards before calling a neighbour saying the boy was not waking up.
It is reported that Zvinzveku took the boy from Tafara 1 Primary school and went home with him. The boy reportedly changed clothes and went to play with friends where Zvinzveku later followed and asked for him.
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At home, the accused allegedly strangled the boy, changed his clothes and put him on the bed. She called a neighbour, Fadzanai Kakunguwo who found the boy motionless.
Kakunguwo also observed that the now deceased boy had some scratches on the neck. Reports also suggest that the white t-shirt which the boy was wearing when he was playing with his friends was discovered in a washing basket with bloodstains all over.
A postmortem concluded that strangulation was the cause of death.
The accused was denied bail by magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa who referred her to the High Court for bail application.
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