Man up for killing wife, dumping body

HARARE - A Norton man yesterday confessed to murdering his wife in cold blood before burying the body in a disused toilet pit at his house.

Lenon Mangwiro, 29, reportedly wrapped the woman’s body in a blanket and placed it in a toilet pit before stashing layers of maize cobs on top.

The body was discovered a month later by neighbours who alerted the police.

This led to Mangwiro’s subsequent arrest.

When he appeared before Harare magistrate Tilda Mazhande yesterday, Mangwiro was advised to apply for bail at the High Court because he faces a third schedule offence.

According to State papers, the now deceased was reported missing to the police on May 22 last year by her mother Letwin Chinyan’anya.

The court heard that on July 31, Rosemary Chakurira’s body was discovered in a shallow disused toilet pit within Mangwiro’s yard.

It was alleged that the recovered body was wrapped in a blanket and tied with wire on the neck, legs and waist.

Efforts were made to locate Mangwiro but he was nowhere to be found only to be arrested on March 4 in Norton.

When police interviewed Mangwiro, he reportedly confessed to hitting Chakurira with a log that had nails, twice on the head, the court heard.

He told investigators that there had been a dispute over extra-marital affairs between him and the now deceased.

A post mortem carried out at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals concluded that death was caused by vital trauma and skull fracture consistent with a heavy sharp object being used.

The State has lined up seven witnesses who will testify.


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