A 21-YEAR-OLD Karoi man, who crushed his wife’s head with a stone over infidelity claims, has filed an application for bail at the High Court, saying he committed the offence while in a trance.
Nobert Wine, of Kiyalami Farm, submitted to the High Court on Tuesday that he was in a trance when he unleashed a senseless streak of assaults after he allegedly found his wife Danai Nyikadzino having sexual intercourse with another man.
Wine also submitted that his case be changed from murder to culpable homicide, as he had no intention to kill her. The accused also stated that he only used sticks, not logs, and head butts.
He also said it was not stated that he used a rock, but a stone, a clear indication it was small. Allegations against Wine are that on December 12 last year, Nyikadzino lied to him that she was visiting a prophet to have her stomach pains healed.
It is alleged Wine followed her and found her in the bush having sexual intercourse with another man. The State alleges her boyfriend fled the scene and Wine then assaulted Nyikadzino with his feet, sticks and head butts. He struck her on the head with a stone.
It is alleged Nyikadzino became unconscious as a result of the assaults and Wine tried to resuscitate her. Wine later took her to Karoi District Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. A postmortem was carried out and the doctor concluded that it was a healthy body with an injured head.
Former Air Zimbabwe bosses Peter Chikumba and Grace Pfumbidzayi will now effectively serve seven-year prison terms imposed on them for swindling the airline of $10 million after the High Court yesterday dismissed their appeals.
Chikumba, who was the airline’s chief executive, and former company secretary Pfumbidzai, were found guilty of criminal abuse of office, but they were freed on bail pending appeal.
High Court judge Justice Edith Mushore yesterday dismissed the appeals by the pair, saying they were fatally defective. The lawyers unsuccessfully applied for permission to amend the notice of appeal, resulting in the dismissal of the appeals. Justice Mushore said it was not possible to amend a fatally defective appeal.
Charges against Pfumbidzayi and Chikumba arose after an anomaly was discovered by former Air Zimbabwe board chairman Mr Ozias Bvute pertaining to amounts paid between April 2009 and April 2013 to a company called Navistar Insurance Brokers (Private) Limited in respect of aviation insurance premiums.
A group of daring thieves allegedly stole 38 goats from a farm in Gutu and drove away with them in an unregistered commuter omnibus.
Acting Masvingo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dehwa said the incident occurred on Monday afternoon. He said the suspects are still at large.
“We have received a report of stock theft involving 38 goats belonging to Mrs Henerika Takaona (76) of Farm 98 Nyazvidzi Resettlement area in Gutu. The goats could have strayed from the paddocks and investigations are in progress,” said Asst Insp Dehwa.
However, a distraught Mrs Takaona alleged that her animals were stolen from a pen by a group of men who had been drinking beer at a nearby bottle store. She said the gang drove the goats into an unregistered commuter omnibus parked some distance from the farm before driving away along the Gutu-Buhera Road.
PRETORIA Members of the Zimbabwe National Army fleeing from the military service in their country are engaging in violent crimes in South Africa, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Tuesday.
“There are people who come here from Zimbabwe, and they cross the line here. They run away from the military in Zimbabwe, and they come here and promote criminality here in South Africa.
"There are Zimbabwean ex-soldiers who are in this country, robbing banks and promoting criminality. They are running away from uncle Bob [Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe] there,” Mbalula told journalists at a media briefing in Pretoria.
“In Zimbabwe once you are a soldier, you are a soldier for life. You can’t get out of it. So to get out of it they run to South Africa, then they come here and rob banks. They are on the payroll of criminals, and we can’t trace them. If a South African steals, it’s easy to trace them because I will find you somewhere in the forensics because I have your fingerprints. I’ve got you all covered, South Africans.”
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