Zimondi jailed 18 years for murder

HARARE - Pritchard Zimondi, who brutally murdered his girlfriend in 2012 will leave jail aged 41, after High Court judge Hlekani Mwayera yesterday slapped him with an 18-year prison term.

In passing sentence, Mwayera said the court had considered that Zimondi was a youthful offender, who was the breadwinner to his terminally ill mother.

She said Zimondi’s demeanour in court exhibited that he was immature and appeared not to appreciate the gravity of the offence he was facing, adding that his age had saved him from getting a life in prison term.

Aggravating his case was the fact that Zimondi committed the offence in a “callous, cruel, ruthless and brutal manner,” Mwayera said.

Zimondi was found guilty, after Mwayera ruled that he had given contradicting evidence in court, making inferences to be drawn that he was liable for his girlfriend, Monalisa Chinomona’s death.

“It is apparent that the case is premised on direct and circumstantial evidence. The only reasonable inference that can be drawn is that the accused had a hand in the murder of the deceased. In the premises the State has managed to discharge the required onus to prove its case.

“…he (Zimondi) is accordingly found guilty of murder with constructive intent,” Mwayera said, much to the pleasure of Chinomona’s relatives, who filled the courtroom.

She said Zimondi, who looked so relaxed during the reading of the judgment, had proffered inconsistent evidence, describing him as “shrewd and cunning”.

Mavuto, who closed the State’s case after leading evidence from 12 witnesses said Zimondi had committed the murder in a “callous, cruel and brutal manner”.

He urged the court to impose a life in prison term.

Zimondi’s lawyer Norman Mugiya, however, prayed for a 10-year prison term and the suspension of three years.

According to State papers, following his arrest, Zimondi was found in possession of Chinomona’s pair of panties and bra.

Zimondi, who was on remand for over two years gave contradicting evidence pertaining to where he got the clothing items, prompting the court to disagree with all his versions.

Initially Zimondi had told the court that he bought the clothing items from Gweru, before changing goal posts and claim that he collected them from his aunt’s place as samples for his girlfriend.

Mavuto said that the fatal incident took place after Zimondi had a misunderstanding with his 19-year-old girlfriend.

On the fateful day, the court heard, Zimondi went over to Chinomona’s place where he found her alone in her bedroom.

He stabbed Chinomona with a kitchen knife on her left breast, before fleeing from the scene.

Comments (4)

What has gone wrong with our magistrates??? This is not only murder, it was planned, meditated, gruesome etc The young man deserves a minimum of one life sentence plus 20 years in jail!!!!!

Garikayi - 22 December 2014

Please tell us where jobs are,that is the greatest news we want to here!

Goal Worth Global Network Employment Agency - 27 December 2014

Please tell us where jobs are,thus the greatest news we want to hear!

Goal Worth Global Network Employment Agency - 27 December 2014

jobs..jobs ..jobs!!!!

Goal Worth Global Network Employment Agency - 27 December 2014

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