AN 18-year-old woman in Bikita was raped and subsequently murdered and her body was found by the roadside with bruises and tattered undergarments.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the suspected rape and murder incident.
He said police were appealing to the public who might have information around the case.
“On 13 June 2021 around 6AM a 14-year-old boy from Hwiridzo Village, Chief Mahoko, Bikita was walking along a footpath towards Mashoko Business Centre when he noticed struggle marks and footprints leading into a nearby bush.
“The boy out of curiosity followed the trail and found a body of an unknown female adult approximately 18-years-old. He ran back to the village and told John Chimoga (44) who is a member of the police constabulary.
“Chimoga then filed a report at ZRP Mashoko. When the police arrived at the scene they found the body in a pool of blood,” he said.
Inspector Dhewa said that the body had a deep cut on the head, bruises on the right thigh and dried semen on the thighs and undergarments. The body was ferried to Mashoko for post mortem
“On 14 June around 6PM Bodia Ngirichi (56) of Village Matedzi Mkwazi Ranch, Chiredzi arrived at Mashoko Police Station with the purpose of identifying the victim and he positively identified the victim as his daughter Laizah Ngirichi.
“We are still investigating and calling upon those with information that can lead to the arrest of the perpetrators. We are appealing with information and those with us or Officer in Charge ZRP Mashoko on 0777 414 807,” he said. ■