An Epworth teenage mother appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court yesterday facing murder charges after she allegedly strangled her two-year-old baby to death before setting the room on fire to cover up the offence.
Talent Kuvimba (18) was not asked to plead when she appeared before magistrate Tilda Mazhande, who remanded her in custody to April 5 pending finalisation of the investigation.
It is the State’s case that on March 10 this year, Kuvimba strangled the minor using a neck chain and set the house ablaze, burning the now-deceased beyond recognition.
Kuvimba allegedly later came from the shops and went to the police station to report that the now-deceased had been accidentally burnt by a candle she had left in her bedroom.
It is alleged a CID homicide team attended the scene and the now-deceased was taken to Harare Central Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem.
The post-mortem report concluded that boy’s death was as a result of fourth degree injury and a neck chain had sunk in the neck due to strangulation.
Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.