Thief gives birth at crime scene
A pregnant woman accused of stock theft reportedly went into labour upon her arrest in Mudzi, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe. According to reports reaching chaosafrica from local tabloid, H-Metro, Sarudzai Mukwaira,37, gave birth to a baby boy the day that she got arrested for livestock theft. She was arrested together with her accomplice Erina Joswa, 30.
According to reports reaching the publication, the duo allegedly visited Tombotiya’s family kraal in the dead of night and strangled two sheep before fleeing into the bush. The pair were caught after the complainant, with the help of neighbourhoods, managed to trace the footprints to Erina’s house.
This was after the victims had discovered that some of their flock were missing when they saw other animals straying outside the pen. After tracing the footprints to Erina’s homestead, she was quizzed about the matter and was later released. However, it later emerged that Sarudzai was the one keeping the loot which was hidden in her room, leading to a search.
Upon her arrest, she reportedly went into labour and gave birth.
Mashonaland East Provincial spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed that the two had been arrested for stock theft at their house after a tip-off and footprints tracing.
‘The two women are now in police custody assisting with investigations. On Monday at around 2 am the two accused persons Sarudzai Mukwaira and Erina Joswa residing at Mukwaira village proceeded to Tombotiya’s place of residence. Erina entered the pen and killed the sheep by strangling them whilst Sarudzai was checking if any person was coming. They took off with sheep on their heads and went through the forest to avoid a trace of prints.
‘They took the stolen sheep to Sarudzai’s homestead and hid them in the wardrobe and at around 7 am, they them started skinning the animals,’ he explained.
Local police details of the neighbourhood made a trace of footprints and they were led to Erina’s homestead.
‘They match the print and it was similar. She was taken as a suspect and was brought to Suswe for interview where she denied the allegations.
‘She was released pending investigations that is when members of the community and the complainant got information that Sarudzai was holding meat in her room.
‘A search was conducted leading to the discovery of a dish containing two slaughtered sheep and the two suspects are held pending court appearance,’ added Insp Mwanza>chaosafrica