Jilted man kills wife, hides body

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara

A 25-YEAR-OLD Jot­sholo man has been ar­rested for al­legedly killing his wife (41).

A neigh­bour iden­ti­fied the re­mains of Eli­jah Khu­malo’s wife, Sithembiso Mth­wasa, by the clothes and wig she was wear­ing when vil­lagers last saw her, two months af­ter her dis­ap­pear­ance on Septem­ber 7.

A source close to in­ves­ti­ga­tions said a vil­lager, Mr Jeri­cho Bhaca (67), stum­bled on the re­mains while herd­ing cat­tle on Novem­ber 7.

Khu­malo of Menyezwa Vil­lage has al­legedly con­fessed to po­lice that he crushed his wife’ skull with four blows us­ing an axe. He was ar­rested last Fri­day. Khu­malo had dis­ap­peared on the day his wife’s re­mains were found.

He is sus­pected to have mur­dered his wife af­ter she de­cided to end their mar­riage, fol­low­ing a num­ber of dis­putes.

“The skull had been slashed sev­eral times and post­mortem re­sults in­di­cated that she had been cut four times on the skull with a sharp ob­ject. “Af­ter Khu­malo’s ar­rest and in­tense in­ves­ti­gat­ing, he ad­mit­ted to have axed Mth­wasa four times in the head.” A neigh­bour, Pa­tri­cia Dube (63), said she last saw Mth­wasa on Septem­ber 7. “The woman said she had had a huge fight with her hus­band be­fore de­cid­ing to go to her home to re­fresh. She re­turned on this day and spent the bet­ter part of the day at my home where she told me that she had come to col­lect her be­long­ings. “She went to her homestead in the evening and that was the last time I saw her. When po­lice sum­moned vil­lagers to iden­tify the hu­man re­mains in the bush I no­ticed that it could be Mth­wasa. The clothes and the hair piece were ex­actly what she wore the last time I saw her,” she said. A vil­lager who pre­ferred anonymity said the bru­tal killing had shocked the com­mu­nity.

She said: “Every­one im­me­di­ately sus­pected her hus­band Khu­malo be­cause he has been al­ways been a vi­o­lent man.

“The mo­ment word spread that hu­man re­mains had been found in the bush, Khu­malo dis­ap­peared from the vil­lage. How­ever, we are grate­ful for the hard work po­lice put in to cap­ture the cold blooded killer who de­serves to rot in jail,” said the vil­lager.

The vil­lager said Khu­malo told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he took his wife to the bush where he axed her four times on the head.

“Such ruth­less and dan­ger­ous peo­ple need to be up­rooted from our vil­lages and jailed for life be­cause they are a threat to every­one,” said the vil­lager.

Na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba said:

“A 41 year old woman was found dead in a sus­pected mur­der case in Menyezwa Vil­lage, un­der Chief Mab­hikwa in Jot­sholo. A sus­pect was ar­rested and con­fessed to hav­ing mur­dered the woman with an axe.”

“Po­lice are urg­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic en­tan­gled in dis­putes to re­solve their dif­fer­ences am­i­ca­bly with­out re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence.” -@ win­nie_­masara

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