Tragedy strikes as man commits suicide after axing wife over infidelity accusations


In a distressing incident, a 37-year-old man identified as Cliff Maruma from Nyadire, Mutoko, reportedly took his own life shortly after assaulting his wife, causing severe injuries, amidst accusations of infidelity.

According to reports, the incident unfolded on February 18, 2024, when Cliff arrived home intoxicated and discovered his 27-year-old wife, Leah Chiundura, in the kitchen with their children and his brother, John Maruma. Reports are that Cliff did not like his wife and his brother talking together and confronted his wife over that.

Later that night, while Leah was asleep, Cliff allegedly grabbed an axe and struck her twice on the forehead and once on her shoulder before fleeing the scene.

Tragically, Cliff’s lifeless body was discovered hanging from a tree near their yard. Police spokesperson for Mashonaland East, Inspector Simon Chazovachiyi, confirmed the incident and stated that a report had been filed with the ZRP Mutoko. Authorities found Cliff’s body suspended from a tree branch by a rope around his neck. The body was subsequently taken to Mutoko Hospital mortuary, where a postmortem examination will be conducted.

Inspector Chazovachiyi further revealed that Leah was rushed to the same hospital, where she remains in a serious condition receiving medical treatment.

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