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'Love triangle' ends in tragedy as man is killed over pregnant woman

by Staff reporter
03 Jul 2021 at 17:41hrs | Views
A love triangle ended in tragedy after a 20-year-old man from Gokwe was stabbed to death over allegations he had confronted a rival suitor and cautioned him against marrying a pregnant woman the deceased claimed was his girlfriend, police said.

Two suspects Simbarashe Zikoke, 27, and Wellington Zharare, 23, of Chinyauro village, allegedly intercepted Justice Chidhakwa of Chidhakwa Village, in Manoti, while on his way home from Kana Mission Business Centre, and stabbed him once in the chest and thigh, killing him on the spot.

The cold-blooded murder occurred last Sunday, Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko told ZimLive, adding that the suspected killers were still on the run.

"The two suspects accused Chidhakwa of calling their friend Joseph Muzenda whom he claimed to have married his pregnant girlfriend," Mahoko said.

"A misunderstanding then arose between Justice Chidhakwa and the suspects, and Zikoke then grabbed Chidhakwa from behind whilst Zharare stabbed him with a knife once on the left side of the chest and once on the left leg.

"He died on the spot. The two then placed a loaded cotton bale on top of the body and disappeared from the scene," he added.

Inspector Mahoko said a manhunt was underway and appealed to anyone with information to step forward. He also advised against resolving differences with violence.

"Police are appealing to members of the public who might have information about the whereabouts of the suspects Simbarashe Zikoke and Wellington Zharare to inform any nearest police station.

"On the same note, we reiterate the need for people to seek mediation from elders whenever they have differences," Mahoko appealed.

The body of the deceased was taken to Gokwe South Hospital mortuary.

Elsewhere, police are investigating the murder of a 50-year-old man from Mberengwa by two male assailants who allegedly beat him to death at Makuwerere Business Centre on Monday, accusing him of meddling in their family affairs.

The suspects Tofaranashe Mhlanga, 22, and Tinodaishe Mhlanga, 21 – believed to be related and from Ndara Village – are also still at large.

Police say the two confronted the now-deceased Arnold Dube of Bosvo Village at around 7PM, and beat him to a pulp with clenched fists until he dropped dead.

"Tinodaishe and Tofaranashe went on to assault Dube with fists all over the body and Dube fell down and died. The two suspects disappeared from the scene," Inspector Mahoko said, adding that Dube's body was taken to Msume Hospital mortuary in Mberengwa.

Source - zimlive