Police in Marondera have launched a manhunt for a suspect, who allegedly raped and killed a woman from Grasslands, Marondera who was on her way to a prayer session.
Nelia Maringa, who recently completed theology studies with the AFM church, reportedly left her home at Grasslands Research Farm on Monday morning this week intending to go for prayers and fetch firewood afterwards but never came back.
Her body was discovered the following day by Charles Mazorodze (55) also of Grasslands farm, Marondera with an axe stuck on the left side of her head.
He reported the matter to the police.
Maringa’s body was found half-naked with a black top and white bra on, while the lower part was undressed with underwear and black skin-tight dropped to knee level.
The police further observed that her black and white skirt was pulled up to the waist.
Reports also say a bible and a counter book written Mercy Maringa on the cover were recovered.
The killer reportedly left a letter indicating why he murdered Maringa. A written note was seen on the deceased’s back inscribed:
To husband mark of the beast aftermaths of Chihure (prostitutions) wakandirambirei (why did you reject me) this is just not manslaughter but a violent, brutal and toxic expression of love if not passion by ex-killer Maisiri paWedza.
Fresh bruises were seen on the right hip.
The body of the deceased was conveyed to Marondera Provincial hospital awaiting rape testing and post mortem.
National Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said investigations into the matter are in progress.
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