High Court judge Justice Isaac Muzenda on Thursday granted $50 000 bail to Hatirarami Momberume, who is facing murder charges after his 14-year-old bride died while giving birth.
Anna Machaya died on July 15 this year during labour at a church shrine in Marange, Manicaland province.
Justice Muzenda questioned why the State preferred murder charges and said the State should prove the essential elements of murder in Momberume’s case before granting him bail.
Part of his bail conditions included residing at Marange St Noah College until the matter is finalised, reporting to Bambazonke Police Station every week and not interfering with witnesses.
He will be back in the regional court on December 7 for trial.
Momberume faces a second charge of “having sexual intercourse or performing indecent acts with a young person”, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Momberume was represented by Brian Majamanda of Khupe and Chijara Law Chambers.
According to the State, Momberume unlawfully caused the death of Machaya by failing to take her to a medical facility to receive healthcare services during labour.