A half-naked woman’s body was found over the weekend with a deformed face in a trench in Mazowe, as more murder cases were reported countrywide.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the increase in murder cases.
“In another suspected case of murder that occurred in Mazowe, a body of an unknown female adult was found lying in a trench, half-naked with a deformed face,” he said. “Investigations are underway.
“The ZRP is investigating a murder case which occurred in Madhlambuzi on September 17, where a man aged 28 was attacked by two suspects over an undisclosed matter. One of the suspects stabbed the victim in the stomach and left him unconscious.
“The victim was later referred to Plumtree hospital where he succumbed to the injuries.”
Asst Comm Nyathis urged members of the public to monitor and ensure that mentally challenged people in their custody were receiving medical treatment.
This comes after on September 16, 2021, a suspected mentally challenged man aged 24 fatally struck his 49-year-old mother with stones, over an unknown issue.
In a related case, which occurred on Saturday, a suspected 43-year-old mentally challenged man attacked imbibers at a traditional beer drinking ceremony in Chiredzi and struck a man aged 53 thrice on the head with a hoe.
The victim died on the spot.
The police also confirmed the arrest of Petros Chishiri (37) for a suspected case of murder that occurred at Chishiri village, Goromonzi.
“The suspect tried to assault his niece aged 37 with a clenched fist, over an unknown issue,” said Asst Comm Nyathi. “He missed his intended target and hit the niece’s two-year-old daughter, who was wrapped on the back.
“The minor succumbed to the injuries on September 14, 2021. Investigations are underway.”