Hatirarami alias Evans Momberume will be back in court this Friday on murder and sleeping with a minor charges following the death of his “wife”, 14-year-old Anna “Memory” Machaya who died at the Johanne Marange Apostolic Church in Marange in July.
Momberume was not asked to plead to murder and having sexual intercourse with a minor charges when he recently appeared before Mutare regional magistrate, Lucie-Anne Mungwari.
The magistrate remanded him in custody to today (3 September).
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Tirivanhu Mutyasira and Jonathan Chingwinyiso appeared for the State, while Brian Majamanda of Khupe and Chijara Law Chambers represented Momberume.
It is the State’s case that Momberume caused the death of the girl by impregnating her and failing to take her to a proper health institution to receive healthcare services. Said Mutyasira:
Instead, the accused person took Annah Machaya to Johanne Marange traditional midwives where she delivered and died after some labour complications.
He thereafter secretly buried her without notifying the authorities of her death.
On the other count, Momberume is said to have impregnated Annah and stayed with her as his wife.