A TEACHER who strangled his pre_gnant girlfriend with her headscarf and set her body ablaze at a lodge in Bulawayo’s Kumalo suburb has been sentenced to 25 years in jail.
Tonderai Marabwa (33), a biochemistry teacher at Pakame High School in Shurugwi, was convicted of murder with constructive intent by Bulawayo High Court senior judge Justice Martin Makonese in connection with the death of Fortunate Sindi Sithole.
Marabwa killed his girlfriend after a dispute over her pre_gnancy.
Marabwa will serve an effective 20 years in jail after five years were suspended on condition that he does not within the same period commit a similar offence.
In passing sentence, Justice Makonese said Marabwa showed no remorse after committing a callous murder.
“The accused showed no remorse or contrition and instead shifted the blame on the deceased. He murdered the deceased in a wicked and callous manner and his conduct is deplorable. In the circumstances, you are sentenced to an effective 20 years imprisonment,” ruled the judge.
Prosecuting, Mrs Sifiso Ndlovu-Sibanda said on December 10 last year, Marabwa phoned Sithole and they agreed to meet in Bulawayo in the afternoon.
He then travelled from Lalapanzi to Bulawayo and met Sithole who was coming from Mahatshula suburb at around 5PM.
“They resolved to put up at Esikhosini Lodge in Khumalo where they had se_x. At around 4AM, the two had a misunderstanding over the issue of the now deceased’s pre_gnancy with Sithole demanding to be taken to Marabwa’s family for introductions,” said Mrs Ndlovu-Sibanda.
The court heard that Marabwa refused to entertain Sithole’s demands since he had another girlfriend who was also pre_gnant.