A 42-year-old Gweru man allegedly locked seven family members, including his wife and kids, in a house before petrol-bombing it following a domestic dispute on Thursday night.
The man and his wife were having issues in their marriage and he accused her of infidelity.
According to Midlands provincial police spokesperson, Inspector, Emmanuel Mahoko the incident occurred in Raylands suburb Gweru.
He said property was destroyed in the attempted arson attack while all family members escaped unhurt.
The suspect, Darlington Miti has since surrendered himself to the police and is now in custody. He is now facing attempted murder charges and will appear in court soon.
Insp Mahoko said those who escaped the arson attack were Miti’s wife Chipo Mafunda, her two children from a previous marriage, her 3-year child with Miti, and two other family members.
It is said Miti had a misunderstanding with his wife on Wednesday night. He then left the house only to return home around 2 am the following morning armed with a five-litre container full of petrol.
He then sprinkled the fuel around the house before setting the house on fire together with the wife’s car which was parked outside.
Miti’s wife told the Herald that Miti committed the crime some weeks after he attempted to kill himself by consuming poison.
He was rushed to the hospital and he spent two weeks in the intensive care unit.
She revealed that she is into some business and was fending for the family but Miti was now accusing her of infidelity.
She said on the fateful day, he came home charging while accusing her of seeing other men but without corroborating the allegations
She said Miti left home on Wednesday night without communicating where he was going only to come back home at around 2 am the following morning armed with some petrol.
Miti threw stones at their bedroom where his wife was sleeping, damaging window panes before he sprinkled petrol on her car which was parked outside and around the house. He then petrol-bombed the house through the bedroom where their three-year-old girl was sleeping.
His wife managed to rescue the minor in the bedroom where the fire started before it spread into other rooms.
Some neighbors responded to the screams for help and they managed to put out the fire but some of the property had already been damaged.