Thursday, 19 March 2015

Shock as Goromonzi man kills neighbour, then immediately inherits the wife

A 40-YEAR-OLD Goromonzi man appeared at the High Court yesterday facing a murder charge after he allegedly killed his neighbour in 2007 and immediately inherited his wife.

Temba Lungu was arrested last year after having been on the run since he allegedly committed the offence.

Temba, who is suspected to be part of a three-member gang that allegedly suffocated and threw Charles Kureti into the flooded Pote River, leaving him to die with his hands tied together
at the back with a piece of wire, yesterday denied the murder charge.
Shock as Goromonzi man kills neighbour, then immediately inherits the wife
The court heard that Temba allegedly started co-habiting with Kureti's wife, Neria Wadson, barely five days after the murder. The alleged relationship continued until April 18 2010 when they separated.

According to prosecutor Henry Muringani, Temba and his accomplices, identified as Freza Wadson and Chrispen Lungu, killed Kureti on May 17 2007 at Ngwandangwanda village under Chief Chinamhora in Domboshava.

His alleged accomplices have already been convicted over the same charge.

Justice Owen Tagu heard that on the day in question, Temba invited Kureti and his wife to his parents' home, claiming the family intended to resolve the couple's marital disputes.

The three are alleged to have then tied Kureti's hands with a piece of wire and force-marched him to Pote River where they shoved a T-shirt into his mouth, wrapped his head and face with his pair of trousers before throwing him into the water.

Kureti's body was discovered floating in the river by Zivanai George who made a report to the police, but efforts to locate his relatives proved fruitless, prompting police to accord him a pauper's burial.

In her statement to police, Neria said Temba confided in her that the body recovered floating in Pote River was her husband's and as a result of fear, she gave in to his amorous advances.

In his defence, however, Temba denied participating in the murder, but told the court that he tried in vain to restrain his colleagues from causing harm to Kureti.

Through his lawyer Emmanuel Nyambuya, Temba said: “Accused will state that Chrispen Lungu and Freza Wadson are the culprits and the perpetrators of the crime as they are the ones who purportedly took the now-deceased out of the homestead of Radious Lungu claiming they were taking him to the police station.”
The trial continues today. MyZim
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