A woman from Mberengwa allegedly teamed up with her husband to brutally murder the latter’s small-house for wrecking the couple’s marriage.
Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko confirmed the incident and said police have since arrested Privilege Sibanda (26) on murder charges while her accomplice and husband Kuraimunaishe Zhou (27) is still at large.
Insp Goko said Sibanda and Zhou are husband and wife, while the incident happened at Vanguard compound in Mberengwa on recently.
He said Zhou was allegedly having an extra marital affair with the now deceased Ms Jestina Shoko of the same area – an affair which was later found out by Sibanda who threatened to divorce him.
“It is alleged that the suspect Zhou was having an extra marital affair with Shoko and the information leaked to Zhou’s wife which led to a misunderstanding and Sibanda threatened to divorce him,” he said.
Insp Goko said on June 21 at around 4pm, Zhou and Sibanda allegedly went to Shoko’s workplace where she was asleep before they knocked at her door and came out.
“Zhou and his wife allegedly pounced and started beating her with open hands. Shoko fled for safety but the couple caught up with her and continued beating her all over her body with stones and sticks.
“They allegedly forced march her through a bushy area towards a disused opencast quarry mine where they further beat her until she fell unconscious and succumbed to the injuries she sustained from the beating,” he said.
Insp Goko said after realising that Ms Shoko was motionless, the couple allegedly carried her body and dumped it into a disused open cast quarry mine full of water before fleeing the scene.
“On the same day around 5pm, Zhou went to make a false report at ZRP Mberengwa that Shoko and Sibanda were missing. Investigations carried out by the police led to the arrest of Sibanda who led to the recovery of the deceased body but Zhou was not found.
“Shoko’s body was taken to Zvishavane District Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem.
“Police have launched a manhunt for Zhou who is still at large,” he said.
Insp Goko appealed to members of public to respect the sanctity of life.
“We are also appealing to those with information that might lead to the arrest of Zhou to report to the nearest police station or to use suggestion boxes dotted around the country,” he said.