Yeukai Karengezeka Court Correspondent
An elderly Chitungwiza woman who allegedly spent days with her husband’s decomposing body in the house without alerting the police yesterday appeared at Chitungwiza Magistrates Court.
Plaxedes Mashasha (66) appeared before Chitungwiza regional magistrate Mr Clever Tsikwa charged with culpable homicide and pleaded not guilty.
Mr Tsikwa remanded her in custody to December 9.
The state led by Ms Pamela Dzinduwa requested that Mashasha go through medical examination before the trial commences.
Ms Dzinduwa told the court that Mashasha allegedly left her now late husband Gideon critically ill in the custody of their mentally challenged son, Grant Mashasha.
She went to an unknown place knowing that her husband needed close attention.
She left him in the blankets in their bedroom.
As a result, the husband died and the body decomposed while Mashasha pretended to be failing to access the house.
She alleged that her son had locked the door from inside and could not open it for days.
Ms Dzinduwa further told the court that there was gross negligence, which resulted in the death of Gideon as he lacked access to food and medical attention.