A Zimbabwe Republic Police officer, Constable Nigel Jalasi, 27, who is facing trial for raping his 19-year old stepdaughter before stabbing her 15 times to her death with scissors, was reportedly released over the weekend and spotted at a family gathering.
News of his release sent families at the ZRP flats at Eastlea, where he used to stay before his arrest, into serious panic.
Jalasi’s wife and mother of the slain 19-year old daughter, police Inspector Regina Mhondiwa, 41, told local publication H-Metro that she could not sleep and had to seek police protection as she fears he might come for her.
It is not yet clear when Jalasi was released, but he is reported to have attended a family gathering in Highfield on Sunday.
“We heard that Jalasi was released after he successfully applied for bail and we had a sleepless night that we approached police for security,” she told H-Metro, adding that she was filled with anguish and fear after hearing the news.
“I am still in shock and I am now living in fear if it is true that Jalasi was released. There is nothing I can do.
“It is his right but that right is adding salt on my wound which is still to heal,” said Ms Mhondiwa, who is a senior police officer at the Police Golf club.
During investigation for the crime, Jalasi told investigating officers that he had dragged Olga Nyasha Unganayi from the kitchen into the main bedroom where he had raped her once.
Unfortunately, the neighbours failed to rescue Olga even though she screamed and called for help.
In an effort to silence her, Jalasi stabbed her 15 times in the abdomen and in the neck.
Olga, the deceased
Jalasi then dropped the bloody scissors on a stool at the crime scene and fled after neighbours finally managed to force the door open.
Jalasi then fled to Mbare where he sought refuge at a shebeen.
Unfortunately for him and fortunately for everyone else, one of the drug dealers was so appalled by Jalasi’s crime that he tipped off the police as to his whereabouts.
Commenting on the arrest, ZRP National spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said, “The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to express their condolences to the bereveaed family and as police we strongly condemn the act and investigations have since started following the arrest of Constable Jalasi.
“Constable Jalasi was arrested by police in Matapi where he was hiding and he will appear in court soon after the completion of investigations being carried out.
“The suspect was facing a case of aggravated indecent assault when the heinous act happened and police will leave no stone un-turned in making sure justice prevails.”
Jalasi was while walking barefoot with mud all over his clothes.