HB 126-18 THE STATE versus JEFREY SITHOLE

THE STATE

versus

JEFREY SITHOLE

 

 

HIGH COURT OF ZIMBABWE

MATHONSI J

GWERU 22 MAY 2018 AND 23 MAY 2018

 

 

Criminal Trial

 

 

M Shumba for the state

H Ndlovu for the accused

 

 

MATHONSI J:          The night of 30 June 2015 must have been a very sad one for the community of Mkoba Village under Chief Bunina in Lower Gweru.  On that night a 54 year old woman, Beauty Ncube, was first subjected to a hoe handle attack with the blows directed to her head instantly causing blood to flow freely from the injuries onto her body.  As she ran to the homestead of a local businessman who had earlier given her and her boyfriend a lift from Lower Gweru business centre seeking refuge, the businessman would have none of it.  Displaying a lamentable care-free attitude, the businessman sent her away into the night and the predatory hands of her assailant.

The deceased was then intercepted at a thicket and so violently sexually abused that the doctor who examined her body observed grooves on the thighs.  At some stage during her ordeal she was struck on the mouth forcing out her two teeth as a result of a complete fracture of the mandible with multiple fragments.  According to the pathologist, after the sexual attack she was then battered and smashed to death.  So severe and senseless was the attack that there were 

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