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Neighbour murdered for accommodating domestic violence victim

 Terrence
Ndowora

Gift Munhenga (53) from Wimpy was last
week murdered in cold blood by his neighbour Wellington Masikati (24), after
Masikati’s wife had sought refuge at Munhenga’s homestead over domestic issues
with her husband.

Masvingo provincial police
spokesperson, Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the case and urged members
of the public to desist from using violence to solve
domestic issues.

“The accused Wellington Masikati has
since been arrested and is facing murder and assault charges. The deceased’s body
was taken to Masvingo Provincial Hospital where a post mortem was done. We urge
members of the public to amicably solve domestic issues so as to avoid these
kinds of scenarios where human life is lost,” said Inspector Dhewa.

On March 25, the accused is said to
have been involved in a serious domestic misunderstanding with his wife Cecilia
Mutongi and severely assaulted her, because she had not cooked Sadza for him.

Cecilia Mutongi managed to escape and
sought refuge at their neighbours (Munhenga) homestead.  

Munhenga who was with his wife Perina
Chareni and their 14-year-old child in the kitchen then accommodated Mutongi.

The accused reportedly ganged up with
his two friends, Takudzwa Chitumba (24) and Lovemore Chisiya (22), followed his
wife and found her sitting in Munhenga’s kitchen.

Masikati started shouting at the
deceased and went on to assault him with a handle of an axe all over the body.

He further grabbed Munhenga, dragged
him outside and hit him on the head and stomach with a brick.

Masikati also assaulted Munhenga’s wife
with a brick on her legs and head as she tried to stop the accused from
assaulting her husband.

Munhenga’s wife managed to flee from
the scene and reported the assault to Masvingo Rural Police.

The police attended the scene and found
Gift’s lifeless body lying on the ground outside his house.

The deceased’s body was taken to Masvingo Provincial Hospital
for post mortem.

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