Autopsy reveals drowned man was murdered –Malawi Police

Nkhotakota Police says post-mortem results of a 50-year-old man who was found dead in Mambala River in Nkhotakota district has revealed that he died after being murdered by unknown thugs disputing earlier speculations that he drowned.

Nkhotakota Police Spokesperson Kaitano Lubrino said the deceased, Malekano Mtete, 50, who hailed from Kalimanjira village in area of Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota district was found afloat and dead in Mamabala River on October 13, 2012.

“The deceased’s brother identified as January Mtete from the same village told the police that the deceased went missing on October 13, 2012 and was found dead in the shallow river during the afternoon hours of the same day. This prompted him to inform the police after suspecting that he had been murdered.

“According to the deceased’s wife, her husband had been receiving intimidation over land from a relative who had been warning him to stop cultivating on a piece of land the two were arguing over,” he said.

Lubrino said on the fateful day, the deceased woke up early in the morning around 4:00 am and informed his wife that he was going to do piecework within the village only to be found dead in the afternoon hours of the same day.

“Upon discovery of his remains, Nkhotakota Police Station established an inquest while his body was taken to Nkhotakota District Hospital to conduct full post-mortem. Preliminary results have indicated that the death was due to strangulation.

“This means that he was murdered and did not drown. Meanwhile, the police have already arrested two suspects in connection to the case while intensive investigations are still under way to establish the murderers,”said Lubrino who refused to reveal identities of the arrested suspects, citing that doing so will jeopardise their investigations.

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