A baby tragically died last week after being thrown down a 7,5m deep well over a dispute about wife’s adultery.
The alleged killer Josphat Chipepera- understood to be the 14-month-old-girl’s father- allegedly committed the crime after a marital dispute with his 17-year-old wife (name withheld).
Chipepera who is currently on the run is reported to have suspected his wife of having several illicit extramarital affairs. Harare Live has learnt that the protracted wrangle resulted in the accused killing his daughter by throwing her into a well at his in-law’s homestead in Chizema Village, Buhera.
In an interview with local publication MasvingoMirror, Manicaland Provincial Spokesperson Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa, confirmed the incident and reports that Chipepera suspected his wife of infidelity.
He said that Chipepera who hails from Masvaure Village, Mutare, had a marital dispute with his wife shortly before she deserted him on May 21. She took their baby with her and went to her parents’ home in Buhera.
Chipepera followed and forcefully took his wife and child to his grandmother’s homestead who stays nearby. On May 22, Chipepera had another dispute with his wife, who then left for her parents’ house again, this time leaving the child behind.
Upon arrival, she narrated the ordeal to her father who then proceeded to get the child from the accused. Chipepera handed the child over to his father-in-law
Later on the same day, Chipepera arrived at his in-law’s homestead and informed an uncle to the child that he wanted to kill the baby.
Chipepera then grabbed the baby and dropped the child into the well before taking to his heels. His father-in-law rushed out of the house to investigate what was going on, that is when they saw Chipepera throwing the baby down the 7,5 m deep well.
The body of the child was retrieved from the well.
Chipepera is still at large.