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Mechanic ‘kills’ Redcliff couple on Valentines

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Mechanic ‘kills’ Redcliff couple on Valentines


Prisca Manyiwa

Redcliff – An elderly Redcliff couple was found murdered in their house on Valentines and Police have arrested their mechanic who is the key suspect.

Kenneth Pedzisai Marashi(75) and his wife Lorna Taylor Chirashi (69) were reportedly killed by Collins Jongwe (34) who was also arrested while driving the couple’s vehicle and in possession of Kenneth’s identity documents.

Midlands Police Spokesperson, Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko has confirmed the incident.
“Police arrested a 34 year old man who is suspected to have murdered a couple in Kwekwe. The suspect was arrested whilst driving the couple’s vehicle in Gokwe. The incident occurred on 14 February 2024 at about 1830 hours,” said Inspector Mahoko.
The circumstances are that on valentine’s evening at about 1830 hours Mike Chirashi who is a son to the couple called his father’s cellphone which was answered by the Police who informed him that they have arrested a man whom they searched and found in posession of his father’s phone, national identity documents and that he was driving a Mercedes Benz silver in colour whose number plates were hidden in the car.
Mike then phoned a neighbour Lamulani Sithole aged 63 to check on his parents.
The neighbor went to check and found doors locked and could not locate anyone and he reported to Police.
Police attended the scene and observed that all doors were locked. They peeped through the bathroom window and saw a human body on the floor.
They broke the door and entered the house where they found the body of Kenneth with a deep cut on the forehead and a rope tied around the neck.
His wife’s body was also found lying in the bathroom with four deep cuts on the head.
Police interviewed a neighbour who indicated that in the morning at about 0700 hours he heard someone screaming from Chirashi’s homestead and after some minutes he saw Jongwe who is the family mechanic coming out of the homestead driving the now deceased’s motor vehicle.

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