JUSTICE FOR THE MAID

A maid who was convicted and jailed after she stabbed to death a gardener who attempted to rape her has finally been cleared on appeal.

HIV+ RAPIST DAD JAILED !

The Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association was appalled by the case and fought in her corner. The association said in a statement :”In 2017, our client was found guilty of culpable homicide which can be simplified to mean negligently causing another person’s death. She was working as a maid while he was working as a gardener when the unfortunate event occurred.

On this specific date, the now deceased person had attempted to rape her once in the morning causing her to sustain physical body injuries and after successfully escaping the attack, the deceased went after her again during the late hours of the afternoon.

At first she ran away from the garage where he had returned to have non-consensual sexual intercourse with her and she went into the kitchen. This seemed to only fuel the deceased as he continued to make his violent advancements. She initially used a bottle of cooking oil to defend herself and after failing to ward him off, took the knife which was on sink as she had made lunch earlier that afternoon.

She stabbed him once on the left side of his chest and he ran for about 26m from the kitchen before he fell to his death. She was convicted and found guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

In the same year we successfully helped her to get bail pending appeal which led to her temporary release at the time. Today on the 6th of November 2018 she has been found not guilty and acquitted pf all charges on appeal. So many errors at law were agreed to have been made in reaching the initial decision by the Magistrate. There was no excessive force used because had she not acted, she would have been a victim of rape and all the adverse consequences on the body and the mind that stem thereof.

We would like to commend Advocate Patti Kachidza for standing in to represent this survivor of rape. She managed to avert such a grievous attack on her person only having vision in one eye.

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