NEIGHBOURS of a Harare woman who allegedly doused her husband with petrol and set him ablaze before killing herself on Wednesday have described her as having exhibited suicidal tendencies prior to the tragedy.
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Police yesterday identified the deceased woman as Nancy Dzorayi saying her husband Alexius Machimbirike was still admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital.
“A few weeks ago, she was taken for counseling for some three days by a neighbour after she had opened up to her on the family’s domestic disputes,” one neighbour who identified himself as Taurai Zviripi said.
Another neighbour, who requested anonymity, said the couple’s daughter had been the source of their woes.
“One day she slapped her daughter’s boyfriend in public, accusing him of being behind her wayward ways as she had started smoking dagga,” the neighbour said.
National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba attributed the tragedy to a domestic dispute.
“From our initial investigations, the family had an outstanding dispute. We understand children would take sides and support their father which did not go down well with the mother. We further gathered that the couple would even fight in the streets,” Charamba said.
NewsDay failed to get access to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit where Machimbirike was admitted as visits were restricted to close family members.