A 42-year-old Mberengwa woman, Loice Mahlamvana was on Friday sentenced to 25 years in jail after she allegedly hired hitmen to kill her abusive and live-in boyfriend.
Bulawayo High Court judge, Justice Martin Makonese also sentenced Mahlamvana’s two hitmen, Chenjerai Zhou (39) and Tavonganei Shoko (31) to 35 years each in prison after they were convicted of killing Munakiishe Chinyoka (42) with actual intent.
Mahlamvana, Zhou and Shoko all of Nyikinya Village under Chief Mazivofa in Mberengwa pleaded not guilty to the murder charge with Mahlamvana arguing that she only wanted her co-accused to caution Chinyoka for being violent and abusive towards her.
Zhou and Shoko whom Mahlamvana had paid US$50 each for their service said that they were nowhere close to the murder scene. Justice Makonese however ruled:
Acting in common purpose, Mahlamvana provided access for Zhou and Shoko to get to the deceased by not locking the door to her bedroom. Zhou and Shoko assaulted the deceased with a hoe handle until he was totally immobilised and you decided to burn his body to conceal the crime.
The state alleges that after the death of Chinyoka on 29 November 2017, the accused burnt the body but later threw it into Mupandashango dam as it could not totally burn.
The body was found floating on the 5th of December and was taken to Mpilo Hospital. Investigations were conducted leading to the arrest of the trio.
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