Abel Zhakata Senior Reporter
A DOMESTIC dispute ended tragically after a Buhera man threw his 13 months old daughter into a well in a bid to “fix” his wife who had left him.
Homicide detectives are now looking for Josphat Chipepera who disappeared after committing the crime on May 22.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Tavhringwa Kakohwa said the fugitive went berserk after his wife, Patience Muvhirima, fled from their matrimonial home and went to stay with her parents.
“On May 20 at around 11pm, Chipepera had a misunderstanding with his wife over infidelity issues. He accused his wife of cheating and threatened to kill her.
“Sensing danger, Muvhimira went to her parents’ homestead, leaving Chipepera with their daughter Nenyasha. Muvhimira then sent her father, Liveson Mutesu, to fetch her child,” said Inspector Kakohwa.
But Chipepera refused to hand over the child to Mutesu. Two days later at around 8.30pm, he took the toddler to his in-laws’ homestead.
“Upon arrival, Chipepera shouted, threatening to throw the baby into the well. Moments later, he threw his daughter into the well and disappeared from the scene,” said Inspector Kakohwa.
The body of the toddler was retrieved from the well and a report was made to Murambinda Police Station.