Bindura man jailed 20 years for murder

By Peter Chivhima

A Bindura man has been jailed for 20 years after being convicted of fatally assaulting his girlfriend.

It was the State’s case that on the 10th of August in 2017, Brian Chikanya of Musana village accused his girlfriend, Sarah Munhu of having an affair with another man, before he fatally assaulted her with a chisel and wooden stool.

The court heard that Chikanya tried to conceal the murder by dragging Munhu’s body to a nearby road to give the impression that the deceased was murdered on her way from a friend’s house.

During his trial, Chikanya claimed that on the fateful day, Munhu had told him that she was going to see her friend, Sarudzai Chisvo, but got a shock of his life the next morning after she was found dead.

His version was dismissed after the State proved that Chikanya fabricated the statements in order to exonerate himself.

In his ruling, Justice Foroma sent Chikanya to prison for 20 years, emphasising that the sentence will send a correct message to would-be offenders.