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Malawi woman hacks husband to death, dumps body in pit latrine to rot

NTCHISI (MaraviPost) — Police in Ntchisi have arrested a 32-year-old woman for allegedly hacking to death his 44-year-old husband due to unexplained reasons.

According to Ntchisi Police Public Relations Officer Gladson M’bumpha, the incident occurred on April 27 2014 at Katangala village in the area of Traditional Authority Vusojere in Ntchisi.

M’bumpha said that the suspect Magret John is alleged to have murdered his  three year-old long time husband Aron Ching’ombe using an axe which she hacked him with in the head.

The Police spokesperson said that investigations revealed that the deceased and the suspect got married in 2011 and the two were staying in the deceased’s village and that on April 27 2014, the suspect went to the house of the deceased’s brother, Kapala Ching’ombe, 55, where she informed him that the deceased had gone to Kasungu to search for employment of which the deceased’s brother and relatives believed the story.

He said that during the early month of June 2014, the relatives of the deceased started smelling a very bad and strange smell from a toilet (pit latrine) but the suspect told them that she killed some snakes and threw them in the toilet and that in the mid month of June 2014, the suspect disappeared from the house which raised suspicion to the relatives.

M’bumpha said that on June 26 2014, according to investigations the relatives uncovered the toilet and saw the human bones and clothes of the deceased.

He said that he matter was reported to police where a scene of crime was visited along with a medical officer who conducted postmortem that revealed that death was due to head injury and internal bleeding.

“Upon interrogations, the suspect admitted that she hacked her husband In the head with an axe,” he said.

He said meanwhile, enquiries are still in progress to establish main reasons for the suspect’s action and that he suspect is expected to appear in court soon to answer murder charges.

The suspect hails from Kapombe village whilst the deceased comes from Katangala village, both from the area of Traditional Authority Vusojere in Ntchisi.

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