Chivhu quadruple murder trial kicks off

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BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
THE trial of a Chivhu woman, Emelda Marizanhi who killed her four minor children in cold blood in 2020 following a marital dispute is set for today at the High Court in Harare.

Marizanhi (31) is expected to appear before Justice Priscilla Munangati-Manongwa to answer to four counts of murder.

She was arrested in November 2020 after handing herself to the police.

Marizanhi allegedly slit open the throats of her children following a dispute with her husband Lameck Brande.

After the heinous act, she allegedly went on to set their house on fire, resulting in some of the bodies being burnt beyond recognition.

Two bodies were retrieved from the house unburnt.

In a suicide attempt, Marizanhi then drank poison, but was rushed to hospital soon after she surrendered herself to the police.

The incident happened after her husband left for work, having fought with her earlier in the morning.

Reports said she tied her two eldest children with a rope before she knifed them to death. She then grabbed the younger ones and cut their throats, almost beheading them.

According to the neighbours’ reports, they saw smoke coming from the house and asked Marizanhi who was locking her gate what was going on, but she assured them all was well.

One neighbour, Daniel Machoni said he and others rushed to the house after they saw the smoke on the roof. Together with other neighbours, they jumped the perimeter fence to gain entry into the premises.

By that time, Brande had arrived. They forced their way into the locked house and discovered the bodies of the children.

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