A CONDEMNED Bulawayo prisoner, Vusumuzi Moyo, appeared at the Harare High Court yesterday facing yet another murder charge in which he is alleged to have strangled a motorist who had offered him a lift.
SENIOR COURT REPORTER
Moyo, currently awaiting his automatic appeal on his death sentence, denied the charge of killing Dumisani Sithole on August 14 2009.
High Court judge Justice Ester Muremba heard that on the day in question, Moyo and his accomplice, whose details were not given in court papers, were offered transport by Sithole while coming out of town. While inside the vehicle, the court heard, Moyo went on to tie a string around Sithole’s neck and strangled him to death in the process.
After the incident, Moyo and his accomplice took Sithole’s body and laid it on the back seat before driving away.
The court heard the pair allegedly drove towards Pumula suburb where they dumped the vehicle with Sithole’s body still inside.
Sithole’s body was later discovered by police officers who became inquisitive after coming across the abandoned vehicle.
A post-mortem report concluded that Sithole succumbed to strangulation. In his defence outline before the court, Moyo denied the murder charge and challenged the State to prove him guilty.
He also denied attesting to and signing a warned-and-cautioned statement, in which he was recorded as admitting to the charge, claiming whatever the State alleges he said, he did not do so freely and voluntarily.
Prosecutor Austin Muzivi represented the State.