Men Spend Night With Wife’s Corpse After Murdering Her Over ‘Cheating’ Rumors
A Victoria Falls man allegedly assaulted and killed his 44-year-old wife after accusing her of gossiping about his infidelity.
It is alleged that Japhet Mapfumo of Chinotimba suburb fatally assaulted his wife Annahstacia Tshuma after he overheard her gossiping about his philandering behaviour. Mapfumo then went on to spend the night with the body of the deceased, on the couple’s matrimonial bed under the assumption that she had fainted.
Police confirmed the incident and stated that Tshuma had died from injuries she had sustained.
According to a report made to the police,
“Mapfumo overhead his wife telling a neighbour Caroline Masuku about his infidelity when she visited her around 11pm on 22 April. While she was still narrating her story, Mapfumo started accusing Tshuma of gossiping about him.
He punched her twice on the back of her head causing her to stagger before she fell and hit against the concrete with her head. She tried to rise and he punched her again on the back of the head before kicking her with booted feet on the abdomen,” read part of the police report.
The neighbour who witnessed the attack awakened her father who rebuked Mapfumo and ordered him to carry his wife home. Mapfumo allegedly carried an unconscious Tshuma to their matrimonial home where he placed her on the bed.
He spent the night in bed with her dead body while thinking she had only fainted.
When it became apparent that his wife had died, Mapfumo alerted Caroline Masuku’s father who made a report to the police.
He was arrested while the body was taken to the mortuary.
Tshuma’s body was taken to Victoria Falls Hospital mortuary on Tuesday to prepare for a post-mortem.
Mapfumo has since been arrested and was expected in court on Thursday to answer to a charge of murder.
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