ZIMBABWE: DOUBLE KILLER SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING
July 17, 2017:
Robert Chiguma of Hwedza, who killed two people after being confronted over the theft of a kitchen cabinet, has been sentenced to death. (Sources: bulawayo24.com, 17/07/2017)
Chiguma committed the offence on October 21, 2014 amid allegations that he had stolen a kitchen cabinet from his neighbour.
The two victims were killed while trying to investigate the theft at community level. After the gruesome murder, Chiguma went on to steal bags of fertiliser and a pair safety shoes belonging to the deceased.
High Court judge Justice Happias Zhou found Chiguma guilty of murder with actual intent before slapping him with capital punishment. The judge said under the circumstances, the death penalty was appropriate.
"While I accept that the Constitution gives the court the discretion as to whether or not to pass the sentence of death, it would be a seriously improper exercise of judicial discretion not to impose the death penalty in the circumstances of this case, unless the accused person can show cause why the sentence of death should not be passed in respect of each of the two counts of murder," ruled Justice Zhou.