HIGH Court judge Justice Martin Makonese, on circuit in Hwange, has ordered that a Binga man accused of murdering his wife and hacking off her head, be examined by two mental specialists.
Wonder Musaka, 29, of Chief Siabuwa allegedly axed his wife to death, chopped off her head which he put in a box and hid under a bed.
Said Justice Makonese: “This trial cannot kick off as the State has indicated that the medical reports furnished are inconclusive.
“The ones furnished are not clear whether accused was mentally stable or not as one of them shows that he was mentally sound while the other says he was mentally ill when he committed the crime.
“He has to be examined by two doctors, one of them being a mental specialist.”
Munsaka, who once claimed to have been driven to insanity, will remain in custody pending transfer to a psychiatric institution, the judge said as he struck the matter off roll on Monday Monday.
Witnesses told police investigators that Musnaka and his wife, Fortunate Mutale, 23, were known for regular domestic disputes. They y suspected Munsaka wanted to use his wife’s head for rituals after allegedly consulting an inyanga in Zambia.
According to prosecutors, on the fateful day, on October 7 last year, the couple started fighting at about 9PM. Munsaka picked an axe and struck Mutale who screamed for help before collapsing outside their bedroom hut.
Munsaka is alleged to have then used an axe to chop off her head which he put in a box and hid under a bed.
Neighbours who heard the woman screaming for help stumbled upon her lifeless headless body in the yard. The body had injuries on the forehead, right palm and fingers, right ear, upper lip and nose.
By then Munsaka had allegedly fled with his two minor children. He left at his parents’ homestead before proceeding to a nearby dam where he washed the blood-stained axe and clothes before making good his escape.
He was arrested on the border between Binga and Gokwe a few days later.