POLICE in Marondera last Friday arrested a Mutoko man who allegedly fatally poisoned his 23-year-old wife Thinkmore Jackson and two-year-old stepdaughter Rujeko Masunga following an undisclosed domestic dispute and then buried their bodies in a shallow grave.
The suspect, Gift Godfrey Bonde of Chapanyama village in Mutoko, is alleged to have fled to Wedza after committing the heinous act sometime in July this year.
Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Inspector Bulisani Bhebhe said the matter only came to light after villagers came across the deceased’s partially buried remains.
“After the gruesome murder in which the suspect poisoned his wife and her daughter, he buried the bodies in a shallow grave and fled to Wedza with his belongings where he was arrested last week. The body was discovered by villagers who were alerted by dogs that were barking after seeing the partially buried body of Jackson,” Bhebhe said.
According to police, Bonde was customarily married to the now deceased and they had been staying together at Village 1B, Maryland Farm in Macheke since May this year.
Their marriage was, however, marred by domestic violence. It is believed that sometime in July this year, Bonde had an altercation with his wife over an undisclosed matter.
Following the alleged altercation, he sprinkled termic poison on the pair’s food, resulting in their death.