Man sets wife on fire while seven year old son watches, claims she committed suicide

Eddy Mpofu of Gweru allegedly doused his wife Bongani Nyathi with paraffin before setting her on fire. Nyathi, later on, died as a result of her burns.

However, when he testified before Gweru Magistrate Musaiona Shotgame who was sitting as a coroner Mpofu said his wife had committed suicide by setting herself on fire after a domestic quarrel.

His testimony was contradicted by his seven-year-old son who told the coroner that he saw his father setting his mother on fire. The minor said:

When he came home later that evening my father refused to eat, locked the door and started beating my mother demanding to know who had sent her the text message.

He pushed her against the wall, took a bottle that contained paraffin and poured it on her before he lit a match.

My mother who was now on fire screamed for help, that is when my father took a blanket that was on the bed and covered her

More: Herald

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