A 29-year-old Harare woman who allegedly gave birth to a baby boy before striking him to death using an unknown object, wrapped him in a plastic carrier bag and hid it under her bed has appeared in court.
Pamela Mashizha appeared before Harare Magistrate Victoria Mashamba this Wednesday. She was remanded to November 21 in custody for sentencing in the matter.
It is the state’s case that on the September 21, and in the evening, Mashizha who was pregnant had not disclose to her workmates or relatives of her situation until she gave birth and murdered the infant by striking it with an unknown object on the head.
It is alleged she took the dead body, placed it in a dish and hid it under her bed.
According to the state papers, the accused went to work as usual but later fell sick prompting the school authorities to quickly rush her to the hospital, and that is where she disclosed to the doctor that she had given birth to a dead baby.
A report was reportedly made to the police and the dead infant was discovered hidden under the bed.
It was after postmortem that the cause of death, severe head trauma, was discovered.