A couple from Zvimba who allegedly killed their four-year-old niece and injured her sister has been caught by the public in South Africa where they had fled.
John Zvivi and Lister Sibanda of Vantage area are accused of beating the victim to death and dumping her body in a sack in a stream near Harare.
They also assaulted the victim’s six-year-old sister who is now in hospital. The police had been looking for the couple since August 2, 2023 when the body was discovered with a deformed face.
The couple had been seen by neighbours abusing the children with electric cables and switches. The public in South Africa apprehended the couple and handed them over to the police.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, had over the weekend appealed for information leading to the arrest of the couple.
“The ZRP is appealing for information which may lead to the arrest of a couple, John Zvivi and Lister Sibanda of Vantage area, Zvimba who are being sought in connection with a case of murder in which their niece, Princess Shoko aged four was found dead in a stream along Harare-Bulawayo Road, between Kuwadzana Extension and Glaudina, Harare on August 2, 2023.
“The victim was found stashed in a 25 kilogrammes mealie-meal sack and had a deformed face. The suspects were allegedly seen by neighbours assaulting the victim and her sister aged six on several occasions using electric cables and switches,” he said.