Murder suspect trial deferred

HARARE - Relatives of Monalisa Chinomona, a teenager allegedly killed in cold blood by her boyfriend Pritchard Zimondi, have expressed displeasure at the slow take-off of the murder trial.

Dressed in black, Chinomona’s relatives were at the High Court yesterday hoping trial would kick off.

Zimondi’s lawyer, Norman Mugiya, said that his client was not feeling well and therefore could not stand trial, resulting in the matter being postponed to today.

Allegations against Zimondi arose in April last year when he allegedly had a misunderstanding with Chinomona, a 19-year-old friend then.

It is alleged that on the fateful day, Zimondi went to Chinomona’s place and found her alone in the bedroom.

The court heard that Zimondi entered the house unnoticed, headed for the kitchen and armed himself with a kitchen knife, which he used to stab Chinomona on the left breast.

After the act, Zimondi left the knife stuck on the deceased’s breast and fled. He was later caught in Harare, it is alleged.

The court heard Monalisa was later discovered dead by his brother Tanyaradzwa, with several wounds and the knife stuck on her breast.

Tanyaradzwa reported the matter to the police, leading to Zimondi’s arrest.

He was found in possession of Monalisa’s pants and bra, the court heard.

According to post mortem results, Monalisa died as a result of shock caused by a perforated lung and heart stab wounds. - Tendai Kamhungira

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