Suspected ritual murderer to stand trial

HARARE - A Chinhoyi man suspected of killing a woman for ritual purposes before attempting to sell her private parts is set to stand trial at the High Court today.

Lazarus Kurapxi is accused of brutally killing Mable Marufu and his trial is expected to open before Justice Felistas Chatukuta.

Prosecutors told the court how Kurapxi lured Marufu to accompany him from Botas Farm to Lions-Den along Mhangura Road, in Mashonaland West Province in November 2009.

It is alleged, along the way, Kurapxi diverted Marufu and took her into a bushy area where he produced a pocket knife.

He used the knife to slit Marufu’s throat and ripped open her stomach.

The court heard upon realising Marufu was dead, Kurapxi chopped her two fingers from the right hand, two toes from the right foot, her private parts and portions of the inner part of her left knee.

According to State papers, Kurapxi covered the body with tree branches and fled the scene after packing the body parts in a plastic bag.

Kurapxi allegedly proceeded to Mimi Farm on the following day, where he met the farm owner, Deon Bezuidnhout.

He produced a plastic bag from his pocket and told Bezuidnhout he was selling a woman’s private parts, the court heard.

Bezuidnhout informed his foreman, Marckriel Chauruka about the shocking goods Kurapxi was selling.

Chauruka called members of the neighbourhood watch who later arrested Kurapxi.

After the arrest and interrogations, Kurapxi led police to the recovery of Marufu’s decomposing body at Chisaki farm.

Police also recovered a woman’s shoe and discovered the body had missing parts. - Xolisani Ncube

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