A 35-year old Chinamhora man, Gerald Mubaiwa, who is accused of setting his wife ablaze following a domestic dispute, has been granted bail by a Harare magistrate.Magistrate Mr. Kudakwashe Jarabhini granted Mubaiwa US$50 bail after the State, represented by Mr. David Magwegwe, indicated that it is not opposed to granting of bail.
Mubaiwa, who is now facing charges of murder, is alleged to have poured paraffin on his wife and allegedly set her ablaze. The wife died at hospital two days later after succumbing to severe burns.
In a warned and cautioned statement, Mubaiwa denied the charges saying his wife set herself ablaze as a result of the dispute, adding that he tried to rescue her but did not succeed.
Mubaiwa is expected back in court on the 17th of this month.
In a related incident, another Chinamhora man, Takesure Chipfupi, has also appeared before the same magistrate facing charges of murder. It is alleged that Chipfupi wanted to restrain his friend from joining a fight and pushed him.
The friend, Sainet Kaponda, fell on a hard surface and bled through the ear and nose. Kaponda died on his way to hospital.
Meanwhile Chipfupi, who is now facing murder charges, has been granted a US$100 bail.