Mental patient strikes, kills girl (3) with hoe

Suspect had been denied some vegetables by the victim’s mother

By Staff Reporter

A 28-year-old suspected mental patient struck and killed a 3-year-old infant using a hoe at a village in Chipinge after he had been denied some vegetables by the victim’s mother.

Police confirmed Sunday they have “arrested a suspected mental patient, Benjamin Sithole (28) in connection with a case of murder in which Agnes Sigauke (3) died after being struck with a hoe on the head at Mwatsaka Village, Mutema on 30/12/23”.

“The victim’s mother (20) had refused to give the suspect some vegetables,” police said via their official X handle.

Meanwhile, in another death incident involving a hoe, police in Bulawayo have appealing for information which may assist in the investigation of a case of murder in which John Sithole (73) was found dead, with a deep cut on the head, at a maize field behind a clothing factory in Donnington on 29 December.

A blood stained hoe was recovered at the scene.

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