Man arrested for murder of Zimbabwean woman in UK

LONDON – A man who failed to appear in court has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who was killed on the same day.

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Gibson Mazikana was due to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday where he was expected to be sentenced for actual bodily harm on a police officer.

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He has now been arrested over the death of Emily Munemo who was found with stab injuries at a property in Collingwood Road, Hillingdon, west London.

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The 41-year-old is in custody at a west London police station.

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Emergency services were called to Collingwood Road at 11:00 on Friday. Muenemo died nearly an hour-and-a-half later.

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Another man, aged 35, was arrested in Hayes on Friday on suspicion of murder. He has since been bailed until mid-March.

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A post-mortem examination on the 42-year-old mother of two is set to take place on Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, neighbours in the quiet Uxbridge street have spoken of their shock over Munemo’s murder.

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Police stood guard on Monday outside her home in Collingwood Road on Monday.

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The two-storey property remained cordoned off with flowers left at the gates.

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One message read: “Dear Emily. May you rest in peace. May the perpetual light shine upon you. You will always be in our hearts. God keep her.”

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A Collingwood Road resident, who did not want to be named, said: “I just think, like everybody, everyone was just shocked. It’s such a quiet road and then all that in one day – it’s madness.”

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Another resident, who also wished to remain unnamed, said: “I walk along here every day. I saw her [Munemo] around sometimes in the summer, standing out with her kids.

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“I never really spoke to her but she just seemed normal and nice.

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“I was really shocked. I didn’t expect it. I was kind of scared, to be honest, that it happened so close.”

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“It’s awful so close to home,” said another local. “You don’t hear of things like that around here. It’s normally up in London, not two doors away.”

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She added: “I just hope the children are alright, the nanny’s alright and that poor woman finds peace. And I hope whoever’s done it suffers for it.”

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PC Ahmed Alizadeh, of Hillingdon Police, who was standing guard outside the property, said: “[Residents] are quite shocked because they’ve been living here for years and they know each other.

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“[They are] really saddened by the news, especially a female losing her life in this way. They have all shown their remorse and condolences at what happened to their own neighbour. It’s shocking news.”

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Munemo lived in Harare before moving to the UK and studying at Oxford Brookes University, according to her Facebook page.