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Kitwe man arrested for beating wife to death

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A 40-year-old woman of Kitwe’s Mulenga Township has allegedly been murdered by her husband in cold blood.

Helen Mwape, a house wife was on Sunday allegedly murdered by her husband using a pick handle.

Copperbelt province acting Copperbelt Division Commanding Officer, Tresphord Kasale has told Mwebantu in a statement that the incident happened after the couple differed.

Kasale said Mwape and her husband, Chartson Ngosa 57 got married 2005 and their marriage was characterised by a series of physical violence, were the suspect threatened his wife with death, leading to a separation in November, 2021.

He said when the wife moved out and started renting a house within Mulenga Township, on unknown date in December last year, Ngosa managed to locate the wife’s rented house and forced himself to stay with the her, vowing that she could not separate from him.

Kasale said on Saturday last week, Ngosa forced his wife to move back into their matrimonial house and on Sunday around 21:00 hrs, the couple differed.

He said Ngosa was seen hitting his wife with a pick handle on the ribs, causing her to run away.

Kasale said Ngosa followed his wife, and continued assaulting her until she lost consciousness.

He said Mwape bled from the ears and was rushed to the Kitwe Teaching Hospital by her son, Patrick Changwe, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

“On unknown date in December, 2021, the suspect managed to locate the wife’s rented house and forced himself to stay with the her, vowing that she could not separate from him.

“On 08.01.22, the suspect forced his wife to move back into their matrimonial house and on 09.01.22, around 2100 hrs, the couple differed and the suspect was seen hitting his wife with a pick handle on the ribs, causing her to run away and he followed her, and continued assaulting her until she lost consciousness,” he said.

He said the body is in the Kitwe Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem while Ngosa has been made. -Mwebantu

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