Prosecuter's attempted murder trial opens

HARARE - The trial of  Henry Muringani, the Chitungwiza Magistrates’ Courts public prosecutor, on charges of attempted murder opened yesterday.

Muringani ran over his ex-wife Primrose Mbedzi, 29, with a car and pinned her to a precast wall at the height of an altercation.

During trial, Mbedzi revealed that when Muringani realised that the she was trapped between the precast wall, he repeatedly accelerated the car until her right leg was seriously fractured.

“Muringani came to my Chitungwiza home on July 14 last year and he became angry because I had taken our child to my mother in Mutare,” Mbedzi said. “He held me by the neck and started hitting my head against the precast wall.

“I picked a stone to defend myself before Muringani rushed into his car. I stood by the precast wall thinking he was going to drive off but he drove the car at high speed directly where I was standing.
“He hit me once and repeatedly accelerated the car until I sustained broken bones,” Mbedzi said.

In his defence, Muringani through his lawyer, denied the allegations and said his brother was driving the car on the alleged date.

He said the car hit a pillar that fell and hurt Mbedzi, causing the alleged injuries.

“Accused never drove a car on the day in question, instead it was his brother. He hit a pole that subsequently fell on the complainant,” he said.

“If police had done their work properly they could have produced an accident report.

“This matter only came to court because complainant approached accused person and tried to extort $12 000 but the latter refused.”

Prosecutor Kudzai Chigwedere alleges that on July 14 last year, Muringani visited his ex-wife in Seke Chitungwiza intending to see their child.

Muringani is alleged to have parked his Toyota Raum vehicle facing the precast wall before entering Mbedzi’s residence.

An argument erupted between the two as Muringani was angry that his ex-wife had taken their child to her mother in Mutare.

Muringani allegedly grabbed Mbedzi’s hair and bashed her against the precast wall, the court heard.

The latter reportedly picked stones and struck Muringani in a bid to defend herself.

It is the State’s case that Muringani ran out of the gate while Mbedzi pursued him, throwing stones.

The court heard one of the stones hit Muringani’s windscreen.

He reportedly got into his car and drove off at high speed towards Mbedzi who was standing outside the gate.

He hit Mbedzi and trapped her between the car and precast wall.

Mbedzi sustained a fractured leg.

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