Six murder cases over Xmas
4 January 2017
POLICE recorded six separate murder cases over the festive period, some of which emanated from disputes after drinking binges, domestic violence and parking space.
National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi urged members of the public to resolve their differences amicably without resorting to violence.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to urge members of the public to exercise restraint whenever they experience disputes with relatives, friends or even strangers,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.
“It is disheartening to note that despite efforts by the police and community leaders to inform and educate people on the sanctity of human life, some people do not take heed.
“On 25 December 2016, a 34-year-old man from Mkwasine had a dispute with his wife after he had insisted on slaughtering a goat of which the wife was against the idea.
“The man persisted and the wife took a log and assaulted him on the head resulting in his death.
“In another incident which occurred on 30 December 2016 in Southlea Park, Harare, a 29-year-old man had a dispute with his wife over spending money on beer.
“The man took a kitchen knife and stabbed the wife on the chest. He attempted to cover up for the offence by tying a rope on roof trusses and hanging his wife so that it could appear as a suicide incident.
“On 1 January 2017, two people were involved in a scuffle over parking space at a bar in Chegutu.
“The scuffle generated into a fist fight and one of the men stabbed the other several times with a sharp object resulting in his death.
“In Dema, Seke, a 30-year-old man stabbed another man aged 37 after a dispute over a girlfriend at a shebeen. The man died whilst being conveyed to Chitungwiza Hospital
“In Harare’s Kuwadzana suburb, a man was found dead in a maize field and police are investigating the case as there were signs of struggle at the scene though no visible injuries were noted.
“In another incident, a 27-year-old Mabvuku man is battling for his life after being stabbed nine times by unknown assailants in the suburb,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.
Chief Supt Nyathi urged members of the public to stop whenever they are involved in Road Traffic accidents following an incident where a 41-year-old man was hit by a motorist who did not stop and died on the spot in Westlea on New Year’s Day.
Meanwhile, two people were arrested for selling cakes laced with dagga in Kadoma on Friday.
Some juveniles bought the cakes from a tuck shop in Rimuka and started misbehaving in front of their parents.
Chief Supt Nyathi confirmed the incident saying police carried out investigations and managed to recover the cakes laced with dagga.