A 22-year-old man surrendered himself to the police on Friday last week after killing an 11-year-old girl in Bindura. The man was believed to have been under the influence of drugs when he committed the crime.
Ropafadzo Zindora was on her way home from an all-night prayer at an open space along Bindura-Shamva Road, according to The Herald.
She took a footpath through a maize field behind ZAOGA adjacent to ZRP Bindura old camp.
Along the way, Victor Choga started following the 11-year-old at the corner of Coventry and Centenary Road church near Bindura Primary School.
Insp Mundembe said Choga followed behind before catching up with Ropafadzo and walked for almost 10 metres beside her. Added Mundembe:
He then grabbed and dragged her into the maize field. She fought back and he hit her on the head with an empty beer bottle.
She tried to run away but he caught her, strangled and twisted her neck. After realising that his victim was unconscious he surrendered himself to the police.
Insp Mundembe said Choga appeared drunk and the police went to the scene and found Ropafadzo’s lifeless body.
He added that police officers who investigated the scene found Ropafadzo’s head facing upward and she had a deep cut under the right ear. Mundembe added:
We strongly discourage wanton violent behaviour, attacking people for no apparent reason. This crime was committed while the accused was under the influence of drugs. We condemn the abuse of drugs by our youths.
Insp Mundembe urged people not to use footpaths along maize fields and tall grass.