Marital Problems: Man Locks Children, Sets House on Fire

Harare – Due to perennial marital problems, Fashion Mupakati – a 44-year-old man elected to sacrifice his children in a feat of anger, before he fled the scene.

According to witnesses, the marriage was on the rocks, with constant fights erupting between the couple, the husband decided to end the innocent lives of his children in a hideous way.

After an alteration earlier, the wife Precious Kadumbu decided to walk away, leaving the children aged between three and 12 in their father’s custody.
Father Burns Children to Death

However, the father locked the children and set it on fire and disappeared from the scene. Two children were burnt to death, while the third one sustained serious injuries, and was admitted in hospital.

According to the New Zimbabwe website, police confirmed the incident.

“Investigations are in progress and those with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect may report at the nearest police station,” revealed provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Luxon Chananda.

It is alleged a neighbour identified as Prisca Tom was the first on the scene. To her horror, children were yelling for help while locked from inside the house. She then summoned other villagers to help free the children – unfortunately it was all too late.

After breaking the door, they managed to rescue one child inside the inner room, though she was severely injured. The huge flames hindered their rescue efforts.

The suspect confirmed over the phone to a relative that he had committed the crime, and he wanted to commit suicide for his offence.

Police are concerned with rise in murder cases, with 20 incidences recorded in June alone – many were over minor misunderstandings. – Online Sources


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