A Redcliff woman allegedly strangled her six-year-old stepson to death and locked his eight-year-old sister in a bedroom that she tried to set on fire so that she could inherit her husband’s house.
Alice Chikono, 24, reportedly killed Dean Dube with her bare hands on Easter Friday and hid his body in the house.
She allegedly locked his sister in the bedroom after switching on a stove and covering it with a blanket, apparently hoping the blanket would catch fire and set the room on fire.
The Chronicle reports that Chikono allegedly fled to Harare after making a false report to the police claiming that her stepson was missing.
There was a power cut soon after she left the house thereby putting her plans off the rail.
She was arrested in Harare on Saturday where she had fled to and she was arraigned before Kwekwe magistrate Florence Nago facing a murder charge.
Magistrate Nago did not ask her to plead and remanded her in custody to 17 April.
According to court papers, Chikono strangled the boy to death “so that she would inherit the house belonging to his father, Tonywell Dube since he was the only son.”
In an interview with the publication Dube, 49, said he was away in Chakari when the cold-blooded killing occurred.
After Chikono’s arrest in the capital, Dube managed to talk to her about what led her to commit the crime.
“She told me that the plan had been in the pipeline for over a year. Her aunt (name withheld) who is based in Gokwe, was the one who was nagging her to kill Dean since he was the only son and if I die, it was going to be hard for her to inherit my house,” said Dube.
The toddler’s body has since been ferried to Bulawayo where it awaits a post-mortem.