Woman strikes hubby to death

Danisa Masuku
A POLYGAMIST from Gutu in Masvingo Province died after his wife allegedly grabbed his private parts before pounding his head with a pestle following a row over $1, police have confirmed.The incident, which has become the subject of discussion in Gutu, happened on Monday last week.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident.

a�?I can confirm that a 53-year-old man died when he was struck on the head with a pestle by his wife in a family dispute in Gutu,a�? said Chief Superintendent Nyathi.

The deceased Owen Muto was allegedly left for dead by his third wife, Namatirai Makaya (31), as she fought to stop him from assaulting her with a burning log.

The deceased died on admission at Silveira Mission Hospital hours after the fight.

Contacted for a comment, his uncle, Lameck Muto, said his nephew got wind while at a pub that his wife sent a boy who could be five years old into the couplea��s bedroom to collect a dollar.

a�?On Monday at around 8pm, Owen arrived home from a drinking spree. He immediately asked his wife to follow him to his bedroom,a�? said Lameck.

a�?Owen questioned his wife as to why he allowed a stranger to get into his bedroom hut. After that a misunderstanding broke out. After some minutes Makaya left the bedroom hut and headed to the kitchen.a�?

He said the deceased followed Makaya to the kitchen and grabbed a burning log from the fireplace which he used to strike Makaya on the head once.

a�?Makaya got angry and went outside where she picked Owena��s beer and emptied it on the ground,a�? said Lameck.

In a fit of rage, the late rushed out of the hut and tried to burn his wife with the log.A� But Makaya dived for the deceaseda��s manhood and squeezed it until he became weak.

He said she then rushed to get a pestle which she used to strike him once on the head and left him unconscious.

The shocked Makaya allegedly informed Owena��s first wife Rosemary Magarapa who rushed to the scene and rendered First Aid. Owen was taken to Silveira Mission Hospital where he died on admission. The family awaits a post-mortem.