A jealous Rusape man fatally assaulted his former live-in girlfriend after she was caressed in his presence.
Shadreck Murimi (40) of Bwanya Village under Chief Makoni appeared before Rusape magistrate, Mr Gift Manyika, who did not ask him to plead.
He was advised to apply for bail at the High Court.
Prosecuting, Mrs Jestina Tinarwo told the court that despite being restrained by witnesses, Murimi continued hitting Bester Zamba.
She was found dead the following day in a bush.
“On June 6, Murimi and Zamba were drinking beer in Muchidamafaro Bottle Store at St Therese Business Centre. The accused person once cohabited with the late Zamba and has two children from the relationship.
“During the beer drink, a misunderstanding arose between the two, with Murimi accusing Zamba of infidelity after she had direct contact with Oswald Musariri.
“The misunderstanding prompted Murimi to assault Zamba. She sustained a cut and bled from it. Patrons who were in the bottle store restrained Murimi from further assaulting Zamba.
“The two continued drinking beer together in the same bottle store. However, the misunderstanding did not end and patrons continued restraining Murimi as he threatened to further assault Zamba. Zamba later left the bottle store and Murimi followed her,” said Mrs Tinarwo.
On the same day at around 7pm, Murimi allegedly came to fetch some water from the bottle store and used it to wash Zamba’s bleeding face in a nearby tree plantation under the watch of Mathew Tsandukwa.
“Later that night, Nomore Murimi and Ngwarayi Agoneka saw Murimi assaulting Zamba again. They restrained him from doing so before leaving the couple.
“He was accusing her of refusing to leave the business centre.
“On June 7, Zamba’s body was discovered along a footpath by Chipo Chimusoro. She advised other villagers and a police report was made. Police attended the scene and recovered some sticks that had allegedly been used to assault Zamba by Murimi. Murimi was on the run until he was arrested on June 11,” said Mrs Tinarwo.- Manica Post