A 52-year-old Bulawayo man has been arrested for allegedly killing his girlfriend over text messages that were found in the deceased’s mobile phone.
Absolom Ndlovu of 30570/2 Entumbane was set to appear before Bulawayo magistrate Franklin Mkhwananzi on Wednesday facing murder charges but prison officers failed to bring him to court for reasons which were not revealed in the court.
Prosecutor Rufaro Mageza called Ndlovu’s name three times but prison officers failed to explain to the court why he could not attend yet he was on the court’s roll.
According to State papers, on May 12 2019, between 2130 and 1000 hours, Ndlovu strangled the now deceased, Vonai Mhoya using a draw line used as a switch to the light.
“The two had a misunderstanding concerning some text messages that were in the now deceased‘s cell phone. The accused then wrote and left a threatening letter directed at the now deceased‘s sister,” reads part of the state outline.
After strangling his girlfriend, Ndlovu allegedly locked her body up in the house before fleeing the scene.
He is said to have left for his Ntabazinduna rural home where he tried to commit suicide by taking tick dip but was rescued by his relatives who took him to hospital for treatment.