Zimbabwean woman strangled in Canada

TORONTO - Canadian police have confirmed that a 23-year-old woman strangled to death in a Toronto neighbourhood on Saturday was from Zimbabwe.

In a statement on Tuesday the police said Nyumwai Caroline Mukurazhizha, an accounting student, died from manual strangulation adding 18-year-old Mohamed Adam Bharwani has since appeared in court charged with first degree murder.

Nyumwai was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital after police found her “suffering from apparent trauma to the body” in a house in Toronto’s North York area.

Homicide detective, Graham Gibson, said police knew the motive for the murder but would not release the details but insisted that there was “no relationship” between Nyumwai and the suspect.

Bharwani looked dazed when he appeared in court Sunday.

“Obviously, he’s terrified,” said his lawyer, John Christie. “He’s a young man facing very serious charges.”

David Steinberg, another defence lawyer, added: At this point our hearts go out to the young woman.”
Nyumwai was enrolled in her first year of an accounting programme at the London School of Business & Finance, which is located in Yonge and Eglinton area.

A school official said she was due to enrol for her second year of the programme next month.

Toronto police were called to the Clancy Drive home just after 2pm on Saturday. Bharwani made the initial 911 call, police said. Many of the houses on the street are investor-owned multi-unit buildings and rented out to young people.

Neighbours said the pair had moved into the property only days ago. Bharwani moved in first and the Nyumwai days later. — New Zimbabwe

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