Residents of Ngala Trading Centre in Nkhotakota on Saturday witnessed a horrifying scene when a man believed to be mentally ill hacked to death a police officer from Nkhunga Police Station.
The station’s spokesperson Laban Makalani identified the deceased as Sub-Inspector Rodgers Kasitomu, 51.
He said on the fateful day, the deceased had just disembarked from a bus on his way to Ngala Full Primary School to provide security in the ongoing National Registration Programme.
“The officer was unexpectedly attacked by the man who seriously hacked him in the head by using a sharp metal. The officer sustained three cuts in the head,” Makalani said.
He said the late Kasitomu was rushed to Ngala Health Centre where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Meanwhile, the mentally ill suspect, Christon Mlauzi, 20, is in police custody pending medical examination.
Makalani said the outcome of the examination will determine whether the suspect can be charged with murder contrary to Section 309 of the Penal Code.
According to police, Kasitomu, who came from Maone Village, Traditional Authority Nkalo in Chiradzulu, served in Malawi Police Service for 23 years. n