Gwanda man gets 20 years in prison for murder

A Gwanda man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife after his five-year-old son testified about his crimes.

A 30-year-old resident of Sibhula village under Chief Mathema in Gwanda has been sentenced to prison by the Bulawayo High Court after being found guilty of murder.

Details of the incident that led to the murder.

According to the NPA, on August 20, 2023, at around 11pm, the accused returned home and found his wife, Happiness Ngwenya, asleep in the bedroom with their two young children. An argument ensued after Ngwenya questioned her whereabouts.

The altercation escalated and the accused attacked his wife with closed fists and a blow, aiming for her knees and neck. Tragically, he also strangled her, resulting in her death.

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Gwanda man jailed for murder
A Gwanda man receives 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife-Image Source@iStock

Following the incident, the accused lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that his wife had earlier complained of chest pains and that he found her dead upon his return. Initially the case was classified as sudden death.

Post mortem and investigation

The post-mortem report revealed that Ngwenya’s death was due to strangulation and mechanical asphyxiation. A key breakthrough in the investigation came when the couple’s five-year-old daughter reported to police that she had witnessed her father strangle her mother.

On August 31, 2023, the accused was arrested in Bulawayo, where he was hiding at his sister’s residence.

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Trial and sentence

During the trial on May 30, 2024, the defendant claimed to have acted in self-defense, claiming that his wife had grabbed his testicles during the argument. However, the five-year-old boy’s testimony contradicted this, presenting the defendant as the aggressor.

The boy’s testimony was deemed credible, leading to the defendant’s conviction for murder. Consequently, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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