Zim Couple Jailed Over Baby Death

UK-based Zimbabwean couple Ngonidzashe Brian and Precious Kandere were on Tuesday jailed for the death of their malnourished nine-month old daughter Rebecca.

Ngonidzashe Brian & Precious Kandare

Ngonidzashe Brian & Precious Kandare

Rebecca died of pneumonia from malnourishment the day she was taken to taken to Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital on January 6 last year.

Brian, 27,  was jailed for nine and a half years and his wife, 39, eight.

They had initially been charged with murder but accepted that of manslaughter after failing to take their child for treatment instead relying on prayers.

The pair belong to the Apostolic Church of God in Wolverhampton which has strict rules against the use of modern day healthcare.

The Kandares left their heavily malnourished daughter with a church midwife believing in the supernatural powers of healing according to the crown prosecution.

When Rebecca died there was no trace of food or milk in her stomach. One expert said that the baby had the worst case of rickets he had seen in his 33-year career.

Precious has since started divorce proceedings against her husband.

With information from BBC and Daily Mail(UK)