Sarudzai Mukwaira, 37, gave birth to a baby boy the day she got arrested along with her accomplice niece Erina Joswa, 30, after they allegedly went to a fellow villager Tombotiya familyâ€™s kraal and strangled two sheep before taking off into the bush.
The two women hail from the village headâ€™s Mukwaira family under chief Nyamukohwo.
Mashonaland East Provincial spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed to H-Metro that the two have been arrested for stock theft at their house after a tip-off and footprints tracing.
â€śThe two women are now in police custody assisting with investigations.
â€śOn Monday at around 2 am the two accused persons Sarudzai Mukwaira and Erina Joswa residing at Mukwaira village proceeded to Tombotiyaâ€™s place of residence.
â€śErina entered the pen and killed the sheep by strangling them whilst Sarudzai was checking if any person was coming.
â€śThey took off with sheep on their heads and went through the forest to avoid a trace of prints.
â€śThey took the stolen sheep to Sarudzaiâ€™s homestead and hid them in the wardrobe and at around 7 am, they them started skinning the animals,â€ť he explained.
It has been reported that the Tombotiyaâ€™s family discovered that some of their flock were missing after they saw other animals straying outside the pen.
â€śLocal police details of the neighbourhood made a trace of footprints and they were led to Erinaâ€™s homestead.
â€śThey match the print and it was similar.
â€śShe was taken as a suspect and was brought to Suswe for interview where she denied the allegations.
â€śShe was released pending investigations that is when members of the community and the complainant got information that Sarudzai was holding meat in her room.
â€śA search was conducted leading to the discovery of a dish containing two slaughtered sheep and the two suspects are held pending court appearance,â€ť added Insp Mwanza.
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