A Chiredzi man was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly killed an elderly woman Castina Moyo (71) and skinned her with a machete.
The 35-year-old man, Austine Chitema, killed the woman without any provocation.
Chitema reportedly approached the elderly woman who was tending her millet in a field with her four-year-old grandchild.
The accused then picked up a machete which was lying on the ground and allegedly struck the deceased twice on the neck and several times on the head.
Chitema was arrested by villagers who had been alerted over the incident, who then handed him over to the police in Triangle, where he is currently in detention awaiting trial.
Masvingo police spokesperson Chief Inspector Charity Mazula has confirmed the incident.