Woman Who Killed ‘Second Husband’ To Reconcile With First Husband Granted Bail
A Bulawayo woman who allegedly killed her ‘second husband’ has been granted bail after spending a month in custody.
45-year-old Ntombikayise Ndlovu is alleged to have killed her common-law husband Nicholas Mavura with a kitchen knife because she wanted to rekindle her relationship with her first husband.
Ndlovu and Mavura who are reported to have been childhood friends became lovers after the former’s marriage to her first husband collapsed. The two then moved in together and cohabitated for four years in Bulawayo’s Njube suburb.
However, things soured when Ndlovu’s first husband came back into the picture and promised her a wedding. Ndlovu then decided to dump Mavura so that she could reconcile with her first husband and have her fairytale wedding.
This resulted in a heated argument between the two which ended tragically after Ndlovu stabbed Mavura once in the chest with a kitchen knife. Mavura died on the spot.
After the fatal incident, Ndlovu tried to hide her crime by filing a false police report. She allegedly told the police that her husband had arrived home bleeding. She claimed that he had been stabbed by unknown assailants.
The police arrested her after they noted too many inconsistencies in her story.
Ndlovu was initially remanded in custody when she appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Ms Marygold Ndlovu.
However, she has now been granted $5000 (US$59) bail after her lawyers filed a bail application. In their application, Ndlovu’s lawyers argued that their client is not a flight risk.
“The Defence would like to apply for bail in absentia of the accused person. The defence submits that the accused is a proper candidate for bail and is not a flight risk.”
Surprisingly, however, the prosecution did not oppose the bail application despite the fact that the police were strenuously opposed to Ndlovu being freed on bail.
The Chronicle reports that the police objected to bail citing several factors.
“The accused person (Ndlovu) is a flight risk since she is facing a capital offence of which if convicted might face a lengthy jail term which may induce her to abscond trial. The accused person and most of the witnesses stay in the same neighbourhood and may interfere with the witnesses if admitted to bail. Investigations are not yet complete. Evidence linking the accused to the offence is overwhelming.”
The prosecution on the other hand had no issues with bail as long as Ndlovu was given certain conditions she had to meet. Prosecutor Denmark Chihombe told the court,
“The Prosecutor General consents in terms of section 116 (b) of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act Chapter 9:07 that the above-mentioned accused be granted bail by a magistrate subject to the underlined conditions.
“That applicant deposits a sum of ZLW $5 000 with the Clerk of Court Tredgold Magistrates Court. That applicant continues to reside at the given address until the matter is finalised. Applicant does not interfere with State witnesses. Applicant reports once a week at the nearest police station on Fridays between the hours of 0600 and 1800 hours until finalisation of the case.”
After hearing from the defence and the prosecution, Bulawayo Magistrate Lenia Khumalo granted Ndlovu $5 000 bail and remanded her to July 31.
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