Harare maid strangles employer’s child

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A 19-YEAR-OLD Harare maid on Thursday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts facing homicide charges after she allegedly strangled her employer’s child.

Accused, Memory Zvinzveku, appeared before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing murder allegations as defined in Section 147 of the Criminal Law, by strangling the now deceased and laying him to bed afterwards.

On January 22 this year, at about 12 noon, Zvinzveku reportedly took deceased from school, Tafara 1 Primary.

At home, the deceased allegedly changed into other clothes and went to play with friends.

Zvinzveku followed deceased to their neighbour’s house where he was playing.

She allegedly asked him back home.

It is reported that at home, accused then allegedly strangled the deceased and laid him on bed.

Zvinzveku is then said to have told one Fadzanai Kakunguwo, a neighbour, that deceased was not waking up.

Kakunguwo followed accused to the scene, which is when she noticed some scratch marks on the deceased’s neck.

Kakunguwo claimed that deceased was motionless and not showing any signs of life.

A post mortem was conducted on the deceased’s body at an unnamed medical centre, where it was said the cause of death was strangulation.

It is also alleged that deceased got into the house wearing a white t-shirt, a fact confirmed by eyewitness Tsandiso Karutsva.

But when he was laying dead on the bed, the child was the in a green t-shirt.

State claims the white t-shirt was later recovered stashed in a washing basket, with some blood stains all over.

Mugwagwa denied accused bail and referred her to the High Court for bail application.

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