Jilted lover burns ex-girlfriend to death with acid after she dumped him

A man in Zimbabwe has been jailed for 25 years after he was found huilty of killing his girlfriend with acid after she dumped him.

Bottle of acid

A 33-year-old Zimbabwe man, Ronald Zhou, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for bathing his ex-girlfriend, Tendai Kurehwatira, 28, with acid, causing her to suffer severe gangrenous burns that ultimately led to her death, reports MyZimbabwe.

Zhou who is HIV positive whose wife died after he infected her with the disease, was sentenced by a High Court judge, Justice Maxwell Takuva, sitting at the Gweru circuit, who described the culprit as an inherently wicked person following the horrific attack.

Zhou who is from the Mangena village, reportedly got angry and attacked his former girlfriend at her home when she told him she was no more interested in the relationship.

Convicting Zhou of murder with actual intent, Justice Takuva said he was a pathological liar who failed to tell the truth every time he opened his mouth in court.

Justice Takuva noted that the callous attack had Kurehwatira, unable to walk, eat by herself or even visit the toilet, as her flesh was rotting and maggots were eating her while she was still alive.

"You committed a brutal attack on a defenceless woman and she suffered excruciating pain during the last days of her life.

You even caused the deceased's children to become orphans. You are an inherently wicked person and cruelty to other human beings is unacceptable and therefore you are a danger to humanity itself."

Justice Takuva said he had considered life imprisonment or a very lengthy jail sentence but had taken into consideration that Zhou was HIV positive and a father of two minor children.

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