Prominent Harare doctor hoodwinked
The scandalous saga of a leading Harare doctor whose then youthful wife refused him se_x on their honeymoon night and then vanished with another lover after allegedly fleecing him of half a million dollars is set to conclude this week.
The wife, Christine Hamilton, 26, is facing four theft counts and one of unlawfully changing ownership of a top of the range vehicle.
She was in tears when she last appeared before court in December, claiming that husband Alexander Tarasana Guni, 50, manipulated her.
Guni, a top Harare paediatrician, is the complainant in the case. He claims to have been robbed of over $500,000 by Hamilton.
Court heard that Hamilton disappeared after the couple’s two-weeks honeymoon in Honolulu back in 2014.
She resurfaced in the first months of 2018 after which she was subsequently arrested.
“I was only 21 and he was 46 (when we got married). He was old and mature, and he took advantage of me.
How could I manipulate an old man like him; a learned man who is a paediatrician,” a sobbing Hamilton told the court in December.
Prosecutors however, allege that Guni was tricked into the marriage by Hamilton.
Giving his testimony, the medical practitioner, who is still legally married to Hamilton, took the court through a heartrending tale outlining how he was tricked into the marriage by his wife.
He said he was still heartbroken after the ordeal.
“I needed a partner for life and I was fooled by her looks. I thought I had found one, not knowing that the accused never loved me.
“She hated me, but she needed what I had,” he said.
Hamilton allegedly changed ownership of expensive vehicles while the couple was in Honolulu for their honeymoon.
She also reportedly stole a safe containing US$480,000 from Guni’s offices and made successive withdrawals from his company Chrylex Medical Investments’ bank account amounting $48,000.
In addition, Hamilton is also accused of stealing $2,800 petty cash and Guni’s academic certificates as well as his doctor’s practising certificate.
Guni told court that despite paying lobola and also tying the knot with Hamilton, they never stayed together as she kept on giving excuses for staying away from the couple’s matrimonial home.
After they wedded, she reportedly vanished together with her boyfriend who identified as Terrence Mauchaza.
“I believe she was working under the instructions of the boyfriend, although I still call her my wife.
We have not divorced; it hurts that she moved on … I assume (she has moved on) because she now has a child who is not mine,” said the doctor.
Asked if she still loved Guni, Hamilton remained silent as she sobbed on the witness stand.
The court will deliver its ruling on the matter today.
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