A 51-year-old Katanga man was reported to have strangled his wife to death over infidelity in Norton on Tuesday.
Appross Mushunje is alleged to have used his knee to press down his wife Spileli Ottilia Magwada’s throat in their matrimonial bedroom before he fled and later posted a voice note threatening to commit suicide over the heinous act.
Magwada’s body was found lying on the floor by her son after his calls Were not responded to. She was 39. The voice note posted by Mushunje accused Magwada to have admitted to him that she was in an illicit affair with one John Maponde a motorist who drives a silver Mercedes Benz.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident appealing for information that may lead to the arrest of Mushunje. “The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating a murder case involving a Norton couple that left the woman dead,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.
“Circumstances were that the couple had a long outstanding dispute and on the day before the incident they engaged their relative Benjamin Chirenje who travelled from Mhangura to settle the dispute. “Chirenje left the house at around 9am yesterday satisfied that the two had taken his advice.
“He was led to a bus stop by Mushunje and a nephew and the accused person was reported to have asked to be excused to return home claiming that he had left a parcel he wanted to collect from his house.
“Chirenje and the nephew decided to return back after Mushunje took long to return and upon reaching home they met him by the gate and said they will never see him again.
“One of the children they left outside the house told the two that Magwada was dead.
“Police are hunting the accused person and appealing for information that may lead to the arrest of Mushunje,” said Ass Comm Nyathi. Magwada family spokesperson Honest Ngwendere said Mushunje was answering calls and threatening to kill their family members including the children.