A man in Mzimba District has brutally murdered his mother-in-law with a hoe after she questioned why he was using water from her garden well to irrigate his crops, Police have confirmed.

According to Police, the deceased Elizabeth Nkhambule, 58 years, from Chihoto Village, Traditional Authority Mpherembe in Mzimba district, has been complaining about daily decreasing water levels in her garden’s well.

But on Monday she caught red handed her son-in-law Frequency Nkhambule, 33 years, of Diyele Village, Traditional Authority Mpherembe, in the same district, fetching water from her well.

“He then came with a hoe handle and hit his mother-in-law on the head,” Northern Region Police Deputy Spokesperson Ian Kanyama said.

The deceased initially fainted and was rushed to Rumphi district hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival, according to Kanyama.

A post-mortem report revealed that the deceased died due severe head injuries.

The son- in-law then started running away but an angry village mob pursued him and administered instant mob justice.

Fortunately, the suspect just sustained some injuries and is admitted at Rumphi District Hospital where he is heavily guarded. – Nyasa Times

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