Murder That Wasn't
Murder That Wasn't

Murder That Wasn't

The Case of George Gwaze

TRUE CRIME

192 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

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Publication Date: August 2016

ISBN 9781927322789

Rights: WOR

Otago University Press (Aug 2016)

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Overview

This book tells the story of the case of Zimbabwean-born New Zealand resident George Gwaze, twice charged and twice acquitted of the rape and murder of his 10-year-old adopted niece, Charlene Makaza. When Charlene was found unconscious one morning, gasping for breath, with a high fever and lying in a pool of diarrhea, her family rushed her to the Christchurch 24-hour clinic. She was treated for overwhelming sepsis and transferred to the hospital, but sadly her life could not be saved. During the course of Charlene's short illness the diagnosis shifts from infection to sexual assault and homicide, and her grieving family finds themselves publicly engulfed in a criminal investigation. What unfolds next is a surreal set of events so improbable that they seem fictitious. Murder That Wasn't meticulously explores the facts surrounding this case based on scientific, medical, and court records and individual interviews to tell this family's extraordinary story.

Author Biography

Felicity Goodyear-Smith is a qualified general practitioner and forensic physician who has acted as expert witness or medical adviser in a number of trials, including the hearings involving George Gwaze. She is now the academic head of the department of general practice and primary health care at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is also the founding editor of the Journal of Primary Health Care.