Man kills pregnant girlfriend for having an affair with another man ahead of lobola payment

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A bulawayo man allegedly killed his pregnant girlfriend suspecting her of having an affair with another man while they were in talks for lobola payment to formalise their relationship.

Obvious Velani Sibanda (26) allegedly killed his girlfriend Hillary Ntando Ncube when she received a call from another man suspected to be her boyfriend.

Sibanda through his lawyer Brian Robi of Dube Legal Practice filed an application for bail at the High Court pending trial.

However, the State opposed bail because Sibanda is facing a charge of murder in which if convicted, he will be sentenced to a long jail term.

High Court judge Justice Christopher Dube Banda upheld the State’s fears and dismissed Sibanda’s application for bail.

Sibanda will appear at the Western Commonage Magistrates Court on March 5 for routine remand pending hearing at the High Court.

Sibanda was arrested on February 5. He is being held at Khami Remand Prison.

“The applicant denies the charge and states that on the fateful day he knocked off from work and went home with his then pregnant girlfriend Ncube,” his lawyer submitted.

“He will state that at the material time and at all the times preceding the horrific incident, their relationship was characterised by nothing but cordiality and love.

“He will state that lobola arrangements and negotiations were scheduled for February 11.

“He states that while relaxed and conversing, the deceased received a call from one Gift. The applicant became curious and suspicious as it was not the first time for her to receive such calls and messages from Gift.”

The lawyer submitted that he then probed his girlfriend and she responded violently leading to an altercation.

The deceased allegedly confessed that Gift was her boyfriend responsible for the pregnancy.

The lawyer said Sibanda was provoked and he lost control of his senses.

The lawyer said the applicant had no pending case, or previous convictions and had no intention to abscond as a law abiding citizen. Southern Eye.

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