Mentally ill woman axes, eats man

A MENTALLY retarded Gutu woman yesterday morning disarmed a man who had an axe on his shoulders, struck him on the head before eating his flesh, police confirmed.

Tatenda Chitagu
Own Correspondent

Esthar Katandawa (27) is said to have met the now-deceased Simon Muzenda (29) at around 9am in Mupandawana Village, in headman Gadzingo’s area.

Acting Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the incident, saying Katandawa has since been arrested and was in police custody.

“We have indeed heard about the incident and we can confirm that the accused, who is mentally challenged, has
since been arrested and is in custody,” he said.

He said Katandawa met the deceased in the same village in the morning and disarmed him of the axe, before chasing after him and turning the axe on him.

“The now-deceased was limping as his leg was aching,” Dhewa said.

“After the axe was taken away from him, he tried to flee, but could not go further as he could not run due to his leg that was troubling him.

“Unfortunately, he was struck with the axe and died on the spot.

“The accused then started eating his flesh.”

Other villagers who were passing by are said to have heard his cries, before they apprehended Katandawa and made a police report, leading to her arrest.

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