Malawian murder victim: Ireland jury retains verdict of unlawful killing

At the inquest into the death of a Malawian woman who was strangled and dumped in a suitcase in Ireland, a taxi driver testified how he unsuspectingly helped a man put a bag containing the body of Rudo Mawere (26) into the boot of his car after she was murdered.

The inquest at the Dublin City Coroner’s Court also heard from late Mawere’s flatmate Charity Namalele who said Rudo had been in love affair with Jason Dube, who admitted to murder before taking his own life.

According to Namalele, Rudo was seeing Dube for several months before her death in January but said she was unhappy.

Late Mawere’s flatmate Charity Namalele: Testified.-Photo credit:Irish Times

“She told me that Jason was telling her lies and she was going to end the relationship,” Namalele told the inquest as quoted by The Irish Times.

Mawere arranged to meet Dube at his flat on Aughrim Street on Saturday, January 28th, so he could return money he owed her.  She rang her flatmate at about 3pm that afternoon.

“She said to me, ‘Imagine, he only gave me €50. He is lying to me. All I want is for him to give me my money and then it’s over. I am going to go back to his house and get my money’,” Namalele said.

An inquest also heard yesterday that CCTV footage obtained by Police (gardaí) following her killing in Dublin showed her arriving at her boyfriend’s flat on a Saturday afternoon and him leaving the accommodation later that evening dragging a heavy bag.

Her fully-clothed body was found in that bag the following day.

The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

Police told the inquest their murder investigation was now closed, and there are no other potential suspects.

The Honorary Consul for Malawi in Ireland, Fr Patrick O’Malley said Rudo’s family was devastated by her killing.

“It was a shattering experience for them,” he said. “They have expressed their gratitude to me and to the people of Ireland for the support the family got.”

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