Man convicted of attempted murder runs amok & kills woman after being freed by presidential pardon


AN unrepentant 35-year-old ex-convict from Chipinge who tasted freedom recently through the Presidential amnesty ran amok and brutally attacked two women with a knife, killing one of them in cold blood.

The chilling incident occurred in Muchawaya Village under Chief Musikavanhu last week.

Homicide detectives have arrested the suspect, Misheck Simango, who has since been arraigned before the courts facing murder charges.

Simango who was serving a six year jail term for attempted murder was set free recently as one of the beneficiaries of the Presidential pardon.

On Monday, he appeared before senior Chipinge magistrate Mr Farai Gwatiwa facing murder charges. He was remanded in custody.

He was advised to apply for bail at the High Court in Harare since he was facing a third schedule offence.

Chipinge criminal investigation department spokesman, Detective Assistant Inspector Daniel Mhini, said the murder occurred on March 25.

“On March 25 at around 12pm the deceased Catty Mtisi (35) who was a mentally challenged person and her mother Munemwase Sithole (78) of Muchawaya Village proceeded to their maize for weeding.

“At around 3pm, it started raining and the two decided to go back home. While on their way back they met Simango who is an ex-convict.

“Without any provocation the accused drew out a knife from his pocket and stabbed Catty four times; on the left hip, left cheek and twice on the left collar bone.

“The deceased’s mother tried to help her daughter but the accused person advanced towards her. She retreated to safety and called for help but no one heard her pleas as it was raining,” he said.

The accused then fled from the scene leaving the now deceased lying on the ground bleeding profusely. A report was made at Chipinge Rural Police leading to the arrest of the accused at his home.

The case comes back to court on April 30 for routine remand.

Mr Witness Nyamundaya prosecuted.

– ManicaPost

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