Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
A 69 year old man from Siyoka area in Beitbridge West has been arrested for allegedlly fatally stabbing his neighbour’s wife (52) on Saturday evening.
The man is reported to have ripped the woman’s stomach with a knife while her husband was in a deep slumber.
Soon after committing the offence, Juta Mukoni is alleged to have tried to end his own life by drinking an unknown pesticide some 4km away from the crime scene.
He was found by villagers with a deep cut on the neck.
Although the motive behind the murder is yet unknown, sources close to the case alleged that it was a result of a love triangle gone wrong.
Matabeleland South Police Spokesperson, Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele said the man was taken to Beitbridge District Hospital where he is being treated under police guard.
He said the body of Salfina Ndou has since been taken to the same hospital mortuary pending a postmortem.
The official said Mukoni has been charged with murder.
“We are not aware of the alleged love triangle story. Investigations are underway and what we know at this stage is that the accused and the now deceased were neighbours,” said Chief Inspector Ndebele.
“According to information at hand, the suspect and the now deceased and her husband spent the day together.
“Later in the evening, the suspect went to the couple’s bedroom where he stabbed the woman in the stomach and she died”.
He said Ndou’s husband was awakened by her screams but the suspect had already left the scene.
Chief Insp Ndebele said the suspect was spotted by the victim’s daughter who informed neighbours, resulting in a manhunt.
“They found the suspect lying unconscious next to an unknown pesticide and he also had a cut on the neck.
“The matter was reported to the police who then took him to the hospital where he is being treated under guard,” said Chief Inspector Ndebele.
He said the blood stained knife had been recovered from the scene.
The official warned members of the public to desist from violence when resolving disputes.
He said they should instead, always use social structures within their communities to peacefully deal with issues in order to save lives.