Late daughter ‘sends’ mom text messages

31 May, 2024 - 00:05 0 Views
Late daughter ‘sends’ mom text messages The man reportedly murdered his wife on infidelity suspicions and frequently text messages her mother with the deceased’s cellphone as a decoy for the mother-in-law to think that her daughter is alive and employed as a domestic worker in Chipinge

 

Liberty Dube
Post Correspondent

A MUTARE man reportedly murdered his wife on infidelity suspicions and frequently text messages her mother with the deceased’s cellphone as a decoy for the mother-in-law to think that her daughter is alive and employed as a domestic worker in Chipinge.

Stephen Musimwa is being linked to the murder of his wife, Gladys Manyaire (27), whose body was found lying in a stream in Mwaamba Village, under Chief Zimunya.

The body was in an advanced state of decomposition.

Deep cuts were observed on the body.

A knife, suspected to be the murder weapon, was picked around the scene.

The deceased’s mother, Mrs Winnie Manyaire told detectives that she was frequently receiving text messages from the deceased’s mobile number in which her daughter purports to be in Chipinge working as a domestic worker.

Acting Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka confirmed the development, saying it is suspected that Musimwa is the one communicating with his mother-in-law using the deceased’s mobile number.

He said the deceased and the suspect had a domestic dispute over infidelity allegations.

This prompted Gladys to return to her parents’ home with her child.

“On December 29, 2023, the suspect communicated with the deceased through her mobile phone, requesting her to travel to Mutare on December 30, 2023, so that they could acquire a birth certificate for their child.

“The now deceased discussed the issue with her mother, Mrs Winnie Manyaire who advised her to proceed to Mutare as per the suspect’s request.

“On December 30, 2023, Gladys left home proceeding to Mutare with the intention to meet Musimwa. That is the day she was last seen alive by her mother. On January 4, 2024, at about 8am, her body was discovered in a stream which connects to Musengezi River in Mwaamba Village by a 10-year-old boy who was looking for their turkeys.

“He rushed and told his parents who reported the matter to the police. Police attended the scene and recovered the body which was lying in a stream in an advanced state of decomposition. The body was dressed in a blue jean skirt, maroon top and maroon and white jersey. The victim’s sandals were discovered about five metres from the body.

“Cut injuries were observed on the deceased’s left hand fingers. Injuries on Gladys’ body could not be established due to the advanced state of decomposition. A kitchen knife was recovered about 3,5m from Glady’s body,” he said.

Asst Insp Chinyoka said Mrs Manyaire was interviewed by the police, and indicated that she was frequently receiving text messages from someone using the late Glady’s cellphone line 0779341981.

“The suspect purports to be the deceased and working in Chipinge as a domestic worker.

“Mrs Manyaire also stated that she is receiving text messages from the suspect’s line 0785086705, checking on his son. The suspect also texted the deceased’s mother, telling her that Gladys was not answering his calls.

“Mrs Manyaire further stated that the suspect arrived at her homestead on January 3, 2024 around 1am to leave a smartphone for his kid to play games.

“After going through Mrs Manyaire’s text messages, it is suspected that the suspect is the one who is communicating with her using the deceased’s line.

‘‘There is consistency between the sequence and nature of texts from deceased and suspect’s lines to Mrs Manyaire’s phone,” he said.

Asst Insp Chinyoka appealed to members of the public with information leading to the arrest of the suspect to contact their nearest police station.

 

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