Murderer jailed for life

HARARE - High Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu has jailed for life a Glen View vagrant convicted of murder committed during a robbery.

Bhunu described Sinsamala Chinsi as “an incorrigible criminal, who should be sent away for good”.

Chinsi escaped the hangman’s noose by the provisions of the country’s Constitution, which Bhunu said were ambiguous.

Even though Chinsi was convicted of murder on aggravating circumstances, Bhunu said the new Constitution was not clear on what it refers to as aggravating.

“I hesitate to sentence the accused to death under a hesitant law,” Bhunu said.

He said the murder was cold-hearted, vicious and lacked any extenuating circumstances.

Bhunu said Chinsi who was once convicted of robbery in 2011, before being sentenced to 24 months in prison, had graduated from being a plain robber to a murderous robber.

“He must be stopped in his tracks. He should be locked away for good for the rest of his life without parole,” Bhunu said.

Prosecutor Douglas Chesa told the court that Chinsi committed the offence in January last year. He pounced on the late Jean Chinounda, who was on her way to church together with a friend Zodzwa Mwandiringa, during the night.

Armed with a kitchen knife, Chinsi grabbed Chinounda and dragged her into a maize field as Mwandiringa fled in panic.

It is the State’s case that Chinsi stabbed Chinounda once in the chest and on the left wrist before robbing her of a Nokia cellphone which was strapped around her neck.

The court heard that after the robbery, Chinsi fled from the scene leaving the knife stuck in Chinounda’s left wrist.

A Good Samaritan took the bleeding woman to a police station in nearby Budiriro, where she was pronounced dead by the paramedics.

The prosecutor said the mobile phone was sold to Godfrey Mufugu, who later sold it to Sarudzai Munemo from whom it was recovered.

A post mortem revealed that Chinounda died from the stab wounds.


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    Apa matonga chaizvo. Ngazvifire mujeri

    greasemonkey - 4 December 2014

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