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“Woman Who Killed Husband Over Cheating Allegations Found NOT Guilty, Judge Says It Was “Marriage Made In Hell””

In a shocking turn of events, a Harare woman, who made headlines for causing the death of her husband, has been found not guilty of culpable homicide by the High Court in Harare.

According to H-Metro, High Court judge, Justice Munamato Mutevedzi, ruled that Leoba Muzondo was acquitted due to insanity, stating that she could not be held responsible for her actions when she struck her husband.

“A marriage made in hell. That certainly could be a perfect title for the tragic end to a tumultuous marriage which appeared doomed from the day the accused started showing signs of mental illness,” said Justice Mutevedzi. “On hindsight, the tragedy could have been avoided. A little education on mental health issues to the general public and relatives of those who live with people suffering from such conditions may be all it takes to prevent calamities.

During the trial, Muzondo revealed that she had been suffering from a mental health disorder and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2017. She explained that the condition caused extreme mood swings, ranging from total calmness to extremely violent behavior. Muzondo also stated that at the time of the offense, she was unable to take the prescribed medication due to unavailability at Harare Hospital.

To support her claims, Muzondo submitted medical documents demonstrating her unstable mental state and the treatment she had received from multiple doctors. The circumstances leading to the incident involved a misunderstanding between Muzondo and her husband, Farai Tsatsa, on December 18, 2021. Tsatsa had accused Muzondo of infidelity and disrespecting him. It was alleged that Tsatsa had picked up a brick with the intention to harm Muzondo, but missed. In response, Muzondo grabbed a metal hoe and struck Tsatsa on the head and chest. Tsatsa was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival, resulting in Muzondo’s subsequent arrest.