Man tries to burn wife & son to death

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Codelia Mon­dela Court Reporter

A MAN from Iny­athi area in Bubi dis­trict, Mata­bele­land North prov­ince, at­tempted to burn his wife and one-year old son to death in a hut fol­low­ing a mis­un­der­stand­ing, a court heard yes­ter­day.

A quar­rel be­tween Priv­iledge Ncube (28) and his wife, Ms Sithokozile Mpofu (27) was sparked by Ms Mpofu’s younger sis­ter’s visit to the cou­ple’s homestead.

Ncube who was an­gered by the visit torched the cou­ple’s hut while his wife and their oneyear old son were in­side.

The court heard that the two man­aged to es­cape but prop­erty val­ued at $1 300 was re­duced to ashes.

Ncube was not asked to plead to two counts of at­tempted mur­der when he ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Ms Adelaide Mbeure.

He was re­manded in cus­tody to June 27 and ad­vised to ap­ply for bail at the High Court.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Mclean Ndlovu al­leged that at around 8PM on Mon­day, Ncube came home from Cle­mont Busi­ness Cen­tre and found his wife and son sleep­ing in­side the thatched hut.

“Ncube asked Ms Mpofu why her younger sis­ter had vis­ited their homestead. A mis­un­der­stand­ing arose be­tween the two and Ncube came out of the hut and then torched it while Ms Mpofu and the child were in­side,” he said.

Mr Ndlovu said Ms Mpofu and her son man­aged to es­cape un­hurt.—Mon­de­laC

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