A 45-year old man hanged himself on Independence Day after a heated domestic dispute that reportedly saw him fatally stabbing his wife and leaving the knife stuck in her genitals.
Mashonaland Central police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Orden Nhundwa confirmed the incident which police suspect was the latest chapter in a series of domestic disputes between Ernest Zhuwao and his 20-year old wife Linda Sakala.
“A week before the incident, Linda Sakala (20) left her marital home in Rugare Street, Shamva and went to stay with her mother after she was assaulted by her husband over an unknown dispute,” said Assistant Inspector Mhundwa.
“Sakala stayed at her mother’s house with her three-months-old baby before her husband Earnest Zhuwao (45) asked her to come back home. His request was turned down.”
A livid Zhuwao is said to have left his in-laws’ home in haste before returning later in the evening armed with a kitchen knife. He is alleged to have broken into the room in which Sakala was sleeping and stabbed her to death while she was asleep.
“It is suspected that Zhuwao stabbed his wife three times on her stomach, three more times on her left hand and finally stabbed her on her private parts, leaving the knife stuck there.
“Zhuwao left the scene after realising that Sakala was dead. A report was made the following day and police details went to his house where they found the deceased’s three-month-old son alone and crying.
When the police conducted a search around the area, they came across Zhuwao’s body hanging from a tree in a nearby estate.”
Both Linda and Zhuwao’s bodies were taken to Bindura District Hospital for a post-mortem.
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