A 35-YEAR-OLD woman from Tsholotsho in Matabeleland North province who was recently arrested for killing her newborn baby to conceal her infidelity from her husband, who is based in South Africa heaved a sigh of relief after she was spared jail for community service.
Trasia Mathe from Mhlatshwa Line who appeared before Tsholotsho resident Victor Mpofu charged with infanticide as defined in Section 48 (1) (a) of the criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 was initially slapped with a 30 months’ imprisonment of which six months were suspended for 5 years on condition of good behaviour.
Mathe had every reason to smile when the remaining 24 months were suspended on condition that she completes 480 hours community service.
Mathe had a collision course with the law after she had sexual relations with another man while her husband was in South Africa until she fell pregnant.
It was proved that sometime in March 2021, Mathe was impregnated by her boyfriend and she hid the pregnancy to save her marriage.
It is also reported that during the time of her pregnancy she did not seek any medical attention.
The state led by prosecutor Tarisai Mukokoro told the court that on 1 December 2021 and at around 4 am she experienced labour pains and gave birth to a bouncing baby girl. In a desperate bid to conceal her illicit affair, she then strangled the newly born baby to death and went on to bury her in a shallow grave in her garden.
The matter however, came to the attention of the police through a tip off. The police then investigated the matter leading to Mathe’s arrest.
Upon her arrest she led the police to her garden where she had buried the baby. The remains of the baby were exhumed and taken to Tsholotsho Hospital for post-mortem.