A 31-year-old pharmacy technician at Nkayi District Hospital in Matabeleland North province has been arrested on allegations of murdering his wife after he doused her head with methylated spirit before setting her on fire.
Vusumuzi Ncube (31) was arrested on Monday following investigations carried out by police over the death of his wife, Letwin Gotido (34) sometime in March, following a domestic dispute.
The two were staying together with their three children and a niece at Nkayi District Hospital Quarters.
He was yesterday still in police custody and assisting police with investigations.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest.
“Allegations are that sometime this year, the accused (Ncube) came home around 1am while he was drunk and in the sitting room, there was his niece aged 16 and three children aged nine, eight and six who were sleeping,” he said.
“It is alleged that he woke up his niece and asked her to accompany him outside and during the process, the accused person’s wife (Gotido) woke up and followed them outside. She asked him why he had called the niece outside especially during that time of the hour.”