A 24 year old Harare (Zimbabwe) housemaid strangled her newly born baby to death using a plastic bag.Renisah gave birth to a baby boy around midnight on August 16 in a toilet while the rest of the household was asleep. After delivering, she strangled the infant with a plastic bag before wrapping it in a skirt and hiding it under a bed.
The following morning, she dumped the body in a bin outside the house. Renisah has since been arrested and appeared in court. She was convicted on her own plea of guilty to infanticide charges and remanded in custody to August 28 for sentencing.
When asked by the Magistrate why she had committed the offence, Renisah said: "I do not know what had gotten into me." The Prosecutor urged the court to pass a severe and deterrent sentence on Renisah. The Prosecutor said the sentence should reflect the court’s abhorrence to crimes of that nature.
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