A JEALOUS Zimunya man who was allegedly having an incestuous relationship with his 16-year-old daughter brutally murdered her new boyfriend in cold blood by stabbing him several times in the stomach with a knife.
The suspect, Simon Sikireta, disappeared soon after committing the spine-chilling crime which left villagers shell-shocked.
The deceased 17-year-old Knowledge Putsai was doing Form Three at Munyoro Secondary School in Zimunya.
As detectives investigated the murder, which was committed at the suspect’s homestead, they came across an assortment of allegedly stolen household items that were hidden in one of the rooms at the compound.
In no time, neighbours and other villagers thronged the homestead identifying some of the stolen items as theirs.
When The Manica Post visited the Sikireta homestead in Mangere Village on Wednesday morning, scores of mourners were gathered trying to come to terms with the baffling incident.
Detectives revealed that Sikireta was in an incestuous relationship with his daughter since 2013, but was threatening her with death if she ever told anyone.
It is alleged that on the fateful day, he came home on Tuesday afternoon at around 5pm and saw Knowledge playing cards with his daughter.
It is alleged that he had once heard rumours that his daughter was now dating Knowledge.
“When he saw the teenager, he got jealousy and assaulted him. He later produced a knife and stabbed him in the stomach.
“After committing the crime, he bolted from the scene leaving his daughter to attend to her boyfriend who was bleeding profusely,” said a villager who spoke on condition of anonymity.
She watched him die.
His body was taken to Mutare Provincial Hospital for post mortem.
Detectives recovered stolen items such as clothes, generators, fridges, sub woofers, television sets as well as several mobile handsets.
When interviewed the girl confirmed that she was in love with her father and had slept with him several times since 2013.
She also confirmed that she was in love with Knowledge.
“Yes, I was in love with my father. I never wanted the set-up, but he would constantly threaten me with death if ever I divulge the abominable relationship to the police or anyone else.
“He is a violent and jealous man who never wanted to see me with a boy.
“Yesterday (Tuesday), he came home around 5 pm and saw me playing cards with Knowledge which angered him.
“I greeted him and he never responded. A few minutes later when I had gone outside, I saw him assaulting my boyfriend.
“I stormed into the room and found out that my boyfriend was struggling to breathe. He died while I watched helplessly.
“It was painful. My father ran away heading to a nearby mountain. I tried to run after him, but he outpaced me. I notified neighbours who came to our homestead,” said the visibly shaken teenager.
In a separate interview, village head, Mr John Mangere, said he was saddened by the incident which claimed the life of an “innocent” young man.
“Before this incident happened we were investigating a case where Sikireta was believed to be in love with his daughter. We know him as a violent person and a serial thief. He was a nuisance who never respected relationships. We hope the police will do their job and apprehend him,” he said.
Knowledge’s guardian who identified herself as, Mrs Sylvia Maroso, said the late teenager was a disciplined young man with a bright future.
“It is sad that Knowledge had to die this way. He was an orphan who was disciplined and friendly. He had so many friends. We hope police will make an effort and bring the perpetrator to book,” she said.
Neighbours interviewed who requested anonymity laid the blame on the police for failing to arrest Sikireta over his incestuous relationship with his daughter.
“It was a public secret that this man was in a se_xual relationship with his daughter. We are, however, baffled why police failed to act earlier. We are not sure if they feared him, but this could have been avoided,” said a villager who chose not to be named.