Toddler burnt to death as mum goes drinking
SILOBELA — A two-year-old, left unattended, was last month burnt to death when the house he was sleeping in caught fire while the mother was out for a beer binge.
The mother, Vongai Maseure (20), her friend Rumbidzai Masunda and Owen Ncube, have since appeared in court facing charges of culpable homicide.
The three this week appeared before Kwekwe provincial magistrate Taurai Manwere for allegedly negligently causing the death of two-year-old Wayne Dhururu.
It is the State’s case that on April 27, Maseure left her son sleeping alone at her Nheketwa home in Silobela while going for a beer drink at Nheketwa shopping centre. Masunda and Ncube, who are lovers, then asked to use Maseure’s house to have fun and were given the green light to do so.
It is alleged that while at the house, Masunda lit a candle while Ncube was smoking cigarettes as the two engaged in sexual activities. After having fun the two left the house without putting off the candle or disposing cigarette butts in a proper way resulting in the house catching fire.
Investigations are still on going to determine the cause of fire between the cigarette butts or the candle. The three were remanded in custody to May 16 when trial is expected to open. NewsDay