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Judge to rule on wife butcher

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BULAWAYO High Court judge Justice Nicholas Ndou is today expected to rule on whether a Bulawayo man who allegedly callously murdered his wife, chopping her body into pieces, should undergo full trial or have him acquitted in terms of the section 29 of the Mental Health Act.

Report by Richard Muponde  Senior Court Reporter

Givemore Nyazvigo (31) of Hillside is alleged to have killed his wife, Lydia Sibanda (25), before chopping her body into pieces and dumping the parts at different locations in the city.

According to the State, the incident allegedly occurred at the couple’s home in Hillside on August 13 last year.

Nyazvigo in his defence pleaded insanity and said he was not in his sober and sound senses when he committed the offence.

His lawyer, Kucaca Phulu, applied for Nyazvigo’s acquittal on the grounds he was mentally unstable when he committed the offence.

State counsel Angeline Munyeriwa concurred with the defence counsel.

She said it would be competent for the court to deal with him in terms of Section 29 of the Mental Health Act.

Justice Ndou will make his ruling today.

Charges against Nyazvigo are that on August 13 last year, at night he had a misunderstanding with his wife.

The misunderstanding degenerated into a fight and Nyazvigo armed himself with an axe and struck his wife once on the head, leading to her instant death.

He kept the body in the house for three days before he mutilated it and put the parts in sacks and plastic bags.

Nyazvigo then dumped them in different parts of the city.

He was arrested after he advised his relatives about the murder and a police report was made.

Nyazvigo was detained at Mlondolozi Psychiatric Centre following the incident.

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