REDCLIFF: A Redcliff man, Thubelithle Khoshow (26) is currently in custody after violently murdering six people, raping his uncle’s wife and injuring five others in the course of the inexplicable act.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has confirmed the incident.
“The suspect became mentally disturbed and turned violent and he was taken by his aunt to a Johane Masowe shrine for devotions. While at the shrine, Khoshow still acted violently, uprooting trees and pushing stationery vehicles, but the church members subdued him and tied him up with ropes.
“In the morning the suspect unbound himself and drove to his residential home where he armed himself with an axe, three spears and a kitchen knife before going to his uncle’s homestead where he forcefully gained entry,” read national police spokesperson Ass Comm Paul Nyathi in a statement.
“His uncle and other family members escaped the bedroom window leaving four children and two cousins sleeping in the dining room. They later returned to their house and found their children lying unconscious with multiple stab wounds,” the statement further reads.
The family resolved to seek sanctuary at a police officer’s homestead in the neighborhood, but the relentless suspect followed them at the officer’s house.
“The suspect followed them at the police officer’s house where he stabbed the police officer on the back with a spear. He further seriously injured three other people and fatally stabbed a 33-year-old man.
The suspect returned to his residence and stabbed to death two female adults aged 56 and 85 before raping his uncle’s wife,” the statement also stated.
After the bizarre act, the injured were admitted to Kwekwe General Hospital where three children, one aged 3, another aged 7, and another 7 months old died on admission.
The police arrested the suspect and recovered a hoe, an axe, a kitchen knife, and three spears used in the act.
Murder cases have been spiking in Midlands Province. The police are on record earlier this year appealing to the public to call for spiritual intervention.