A Guruve woman Tabeth Mutungwa (45) yesterday appeared before Guruve Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, accused of murdering her husband by striking his head with a brick till he died, Newsday reports.
Mutungwa reportedly tried to conceal the crime by dragging her husband’s body from the scene and hung it on a tree, to mislead investigators into thinking her husband committed suicide.
It is the state’s case that:
On December 8 the accused had an altercation with her husband Webster Zhuwaka after accusing him of having an extramarital affair. Mutungwa became violent and fatally assaulted Zhuwaki with bricks.
To conceal her act she dragged Zhuwaki’s body and hung it from a tree.
During investigations, the police found bloodstained clothes in the house and bricks used in committing the crime.
Mututungwa was arrested and charged with murder before the Guruve Magistrate denied her bail and advised her to apply for bail at the high court. The crime took place during the 16 days of activism against gender based violence.
In another case of domestic dispute recorded this month, a woman scalded her boyfriend with hot cooking oil after they had a misunderstanding. Different CSOs have noted that domestic disputes soared over the last few months when the country was in a COVID-19 lockdown.
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