A 19-YEAR-OLD maid who worked for a family from Nkulumane suburb in Bulawayo has been arrested after she strangled and slit her newborn baby’s throat.
Happiness Ndebele worked for Ms Typhania Ngwenya who suspected that she was pregnant.
The maid pleaded guilty to a charge of infanticide when she appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Mr Stephen Ndlovu.
Ndebele was sentenced to 36 months in jail which were suspended on condition that she performs 210 hours of community service at a local primary school.
The maid told the court that she didn’t know why she killed her baby.
“I don’t know what really made me kill the baby,” she said.
The court heard that Ndebele has a two-year-old child.
Prosecuting, Mr Tony Kamudyariwa said on April 15, Ndebele was asked by Ms Ngwenya if she was pregnant.
“Ndebele denied being pregnant. On Friday last week during the night, she gave birth to a baby and strangled it before cutting its neck,” he said.
While Ms Ngwenya was escorting her mother to the toilet, she noticed blood stains in the house, the court heard.
She went to her maid’s bedroom and there was blood all over the room and a funny smell.
Mr Kamudyariwa said Ms Ngwenya asked her maid what was happening and she said she was on her monthly period.
“Ms Ngwenya threatened Ndebele that if she did not tell her the truth she would call the police. Ndebele told her that she had given birth and killed the baby,” said the prosecutor.
Ndebele was taken to the police station where she was arrested.
A post mortem report was produced in court as an exhibit.