Police in Dedza is keeping in custody wife and husband for murdering own daughter, saying the child was source of endless family wrangles.
This incident occurs at a time when cases of murder, child dumping and abortion are at the increase in the country which infringes on the right to life as stipulated in chapter four of the Constitution.
In an interview with Dedza Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Edward Kabango said the couple, Jossam Benard husband and Eunice Freya wife had agreed to terminate the life of child as condition of living a happy marriage life.
“The couple murdered Eunice Jossam who was born before they married. Police established that the two married after realising that Eunice was impregnated which the husband Jossam accepted responsibility” said Kabango.
He added, “but soon after the child was born the husband doubted on the child’s father, saying she did resemble neither him nor his relatives. This made the husband believe that the wife was going about with other men during their relationship.”
Kabango further said the two on June 20, 2015 agreed to cheat on their relatives that the child had developed a cough over night and were going to seek medical treatment at Dedza District Hospital.
But midway to the hospital they agreed to stop at a thicket where they jointly killed her by gagging deceased’s mouth and stifling her throat respectively that instantly died of suffocation.
After completing their mission they took the dead body home mourning in disguise but, the figure prints on the neck raised eye brows of the elderly in the village at the time they wanted to perform funeral bathing rituals.
“Upon rising suspicions from the figure marks on the neck the cleaning ritual was halted by the village head and immediately called police to the scene.
“We arrested the two and it transpired during interrogations that they killed the daughter so that they bear a new child and continue with a new and happy life, saying the child was a stumbling block” he said.
Medical reports from Dedza District Hospital confirmed that she died of suffocation.
The two will appear before court soon to answer murder charges according to section 209 0f the penal code.–MANAFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :