Officer up for girlfriend murder

BULAWAYO - A police officer here fatally assaulted his married girlfriend before dumping her corpse in a trench.

Brighton Chagonda, 27, who was stationed at the ZRP Crime Prevention Unit in Luveve suburb, appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Abednico Ndebele on Wednesday facing murder charges.

Chagonda was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody to September 4.

Magistrate Ndebele advised Chagonda to apply at the High Court for bail.

Prosecutor Kudakwashe Jaravaza told the court that on August 19 at around 10pm at a place along an unnamed road outside house number 2554 in Cowdray Park suburb near Mahlathini primary school, Chagonda had an altercation with his late girlfriend, Sithabile Ndlovu.

Ndlovu who was a married woman had reportedly told her lover that she was having marital problems due to their affair.

Jaravaza also told the court that as a result Chagonda lost his temper leading to the misunderstanding turning nasty as he repeatedly assaulted his now deceased lover using open hands all over the body.

Chagonda allegedly plucked a switch from a tree which he further used to assault Ndlovu several times all over the body before he pushed her into the trench and left her to die.

The deceased’s bruised body was found early in the morning by passers-by and it was taken to the United Bulawayo Hospitals for post-mortem, the court heard.

Evidence put forward by the state in court indicated that Chagonda’s blood-stained clothes which he wore during the alleged incident were recovered by the police.

The state indicated that the accused was seen assaulting the deceased at the scene where the body was later found.

The state also alleged that when the accused was taken to the scene he made positive indications.

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