Man murders girlfriend, fakes suicide

HARARE - A Hight Court judge has denied bail to a Macheke man who allegedly murdered his girlfriend before trying to cover up the heinous offence as a suicide.

Justice Hlekani Mwayera ruled that Alex Sinyanga was not a suitable candidate for bail, after prosecutor Public Mpofu, opposing bail, said the accused was facing a serious offence and could abscond.

“The circumstances which are outlined are indeed aggravatory. To make matters worse, after committing the heinous act of murder, he then interfered with the body by trying to cover up the crime and make people believe that the deceased had taken poison,” Mpofu said.

Sinyanga is accused of murdering his girlfriend Moreblessing Dhwati in March this year.

According to State papers, Dhwati visited Sinyanga’s home, where she intended to collect her cellphone.

The two later met that day at around 7pm behind Buffalo Inn, according to State papers, with Sinyanga allegedly carrying a kitchen knife, for his own protection since it was at night.

While they were walking through a footpath in a maize field, Sinyanga asked Dhwati about the person who had answered her cellphone when she was in Harare, the court heard.

It is alleged that an altercation ensued between the two, resulting in Sinyanga stabbing Dhwati on the cheek with a kitchen knife.

The two wrestled and Sinyanga stabbed Dhwati on the throat, with the knife penetrating through her neck. Sinyanga is allegedly to have heard there were oncoming people and fled the scene, leaving Dhwati groaning in pain.

He ran to his home, where he brought a bottle of tobacco pesticide and forced it down Dhwati’s throat.

He attempted to remove the knife but failed, subsequently sprinkling the pesticide on Dhwati’s chest before fleeing the scene.

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