A 32-year-old Epworth woman appeared in court for allegedly attacking her husband’s girlfriend with a metal object leading to her death on New Year’s Eve.
Ruramai Murenge reportedly walked into her bedroom when she found her husband, Simon Nyaungwe in bed, naked with the late Hilda Maradza. It was reported that a scuffle arose between the two women leading to Murenge attacking the woman with the object.
On January 3 this year, Murenge initially appeared at Harare Magistrates Court charged with assault and was released on free bail. Further allegations are that on January 9, Maradza succumbed to the injuries at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. Murenge was summoned to court and today she appeared before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa charged with murder.
State counsel, Sebastian Mutizirwa maintained that Murenge has to apply for bail at the High Court since Harare Magistrates Court has no jurisdiction to grant her bail.
Through her defense counsel, Murenge highlighted that she initially appeared in court charged with assault on the same matter, she was granted free bail but she did not abscond court. Magistrate Mugwagwa remanded the matter to tomorrow for bail ruling.
The State alleges that on January 1, at around 8pm, Maradza was walking along a dust road at Kerdish Shops, in Epworth when she met Nyaungwe. The two reportedly agreed to go to Murenge’s house since she was not at home.
It was reported that when Murenge arrived and entered in her bedroom, she found the two in bed and naked.
Maradza reportedly stood to dress herself up when Murenge started assaulting her with hands. A scuffle arose between the two women and Murenge hit her on the head with a metal object. A complaint was lodged with Epworth Police Station leading to Murenge’s arrest.
Maradza was ferried to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals where she succumbed to the injuries on January 9.