Suspected murderer found with missing keys

HARARE - Pritchard Zimondi, the man on trial for allegedly killing his teen girlfriend, was found with missing keys to the home of the girl’s parents where the murder was committed, a High Court judge has heard.

The girl’s brother Tanyaradzwa yesterday told the court  that police officers recovered their home keys from Zimondi.

However, Zimondi denied the assertion and told the court that he was in possession of duplicate keys to the house, since he was in love with the now deceased Monalisa Chinomona.

Tanyaradzwa said he found his sister lying dead in her bedroom after he came back from Braeside, where he had accompanied his mother to work.

He found his sister with stab wounds and a knife stuck on her left breast.

Prosecutor Editor Mavuto told High Court Judge Hlekani Mwayera that the fatal incident took place after Zimondi had a misunderstanding with his 19-year-old girlfriend  in April last year.

Zimondi, through his lawyer Norman Mugiya, denied the allegations and told the court that one of Chinomona’s boyfriends, whom he once clashed with, was the one who killed her.

Allegations are that on the fateful day, Zimondi went over to Chinomona’s place where she was alone in her bedroom.

He allegedly stabbed Chinomona with a kitchen knife on her left breast.

After the act, Zimondi reportedly fled from the scene and left the knife stuck on Chinomona’s breast. He was later caught in Harare.

When Zimondi was arrested, he was allegedly found in possession of Chinomona’s pant and bra.

According to a post mortem report compiled, Chinomona died as a result of hypovolemic shock, caused by a perforated lung and heart stab wounds. - Tendai Kamhungira

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