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 family‚Äôs kraal and strangled two sheep before taking off into the bush.
The two women hail from the village head‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúThe two women are now in police custody assisting with investigations.
‚ÄúOn Monday at around 2 am the two accused persons Sarudzai Mukwaira and Erina Joswa residing at Mukwaira village proceeded to Tombotiya‚Äôs place of residence.
‚ÄúErina entered the pen and killed the sheep by strangling them whilst Sarudzai was checking if any person was coming.
‚ÄúThey took off with sheep on their heads and went through the forest to avoid a trace of prints.
‚ÄúThey took the stolen sheep to Sarudzai‚Äôs homestead and hid them in the wardrobe and at around 7 am, they them started skinning the animals,‚ÄĚ he explained.
It has been reported that the Tombotiya‚Äôs family discovered that some of their flock were missing after they saw other animals straying outside the pen.
‚ÄúLocal police details of the neighbourhood made a trace of footprints and they were led to Erina‚Äôs homestead.
‚ÄúThey match the print and it was similar.
‚ÄúShe was taken as a suspect and was brought to Suswe for interview where she denied the allegations.
‚ÄúShe was released pending investigations that is when members of the community and the complainant got information that Sarudzai was holding meat in her room.
‚ÄúA search was conducted leading to the discovery of a dish containing two slaughtered sheep and the two suspects are held pending court appearance,‚ÄĚ added Insp Mwanza.
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