Panties woman a top army officer

HARARE - The High Court has heard that the woman who threatened to remove her pair of panties in the High Court while testifying in the murder trial of Pritchard Zimondi on Tuesday, is a senior army officer.

Julian Chineka’s elder sister Grace Zimondi (who is Pritchard’s mother) yesterday told the court that her sibling was a major in the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA).

The 50-year-old woman caused a stir in court after threatening to take off her panties, while trying to prove a point.

Evidence adduced by the State claimed that when Pritchard was arrested, he was found in possession of the murdered Monalisa Chinomona’s underwear and bra.

Zimondi refuted the claims and said that he had taken the clothing items from Chineka as samples for her late girlfriend. 

When Chineka was questioned by Editor Mavuto over the clothing items, she claimed the items were new and that she is the one who had given them to Zimondi.

Mavuto asked Chineka to prove that the underwear was new.

Chineka then threatened to remove the panties she was wearing so that the court could compare it with the one that was produced as an exhibit.

High Court judge Hlekani Mwayera warned the woman not to behave like a comedian, since none of the court officials had asked her to remove her panties.

Prosecutor Mavuto, while cross examining Grace, asked her the nature of the relationship between her and Chineka. She confirmed that Chineka was her younger sister and that she was employed in the army.

Grace was the last to testify yesterday as her son’s lawyer Norman Mugiya closed the defence case.

She said she had known the deceased for a long time who she said was in love with her son.

Grace said that on different occasions, her son slept over at the Chinomonas, while Monalisa would also sometimes put up at her house.

She claimed that when the girl was killed, she was pregnant and that they were making marriage arrangements.

According to Mavuto, Zimondi murdered his girlfriend using a kitchen knife in Chitungwiza in April 2012. He allegedly fled from the scene, leaving the knife stuck on the girl’s breast.

Zimondi is denying murdering his girlfriend and told the court that one of Chinomona’s boyfriends, whom he once clashed with, was the one who killed her.

Meanwhile, Mavuto will make closing submissions in the matter on April 30, and Mugiya will file his own submissions on May 14, before Mwayera makes a ruling by end of next month.

Comments (5)

I doubt if the name Zimondi merely came by accident.If historians trace how this surname was acquired it will most probable reveal that one of the ancestors murdered someone. Sins of the fore - fathers coming back to haunt the clan. Families need to seek spiritual cleansing when such dark histories of their ancestors manifest themselves through the surnames that they are addressed by.

tafamutekwe - 17 April 2014

mazogona chirungu nhasi hamuna kuti pant but panties, very good.

Cde Churucheminzwa - 17 April 2014

Zimbabwean version of Oscar Pistorious.

Emru Kunanti - 17 April 2014

Zimbabwean version of Oscar Pistorious.

Emru Kunanti - 17 April 2014

Snr Officer? Correction, a Major is a middle ranking field officer. Anywhere Zimondi as a surname what is that all about?

Lt General - 17 April 2014

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