Police in Ntchisi have arrested a man who has been on the run for allegedly killing his three-year-old step daughter last week.
The body of the Leah Medson was discovered without a head and private parts, according to police. The head was later found burnt.
Ntchisi Police Station spokesperson Gladson M’bumpha confirmed the arrest of the suspect, Yona Daniel, 29.
“The suspect was arrested on Friday at one of the lodges in Lilongwe City,” he said.
M’bumpha said the suspect was on separation with his wife, Rebecca Luka, 26, since June this year.
It is alleged that he went to the ex-wife’s house on July 15 where he found her with her daughter (the deceased).
M’bumpha said the suspect took the girl to a shop after her mother had sneaked out to alert community police of his presence.
He said both the suspect and the girl did not return, and the girl’s body was found the following day beheaded and the head burnt.
“The suspect took advantage of the ex-wife’s absence and enticed the girl to accompany her to a nearby grocery shop to buy her sweets,” he said.
The suspect will answer a murder charge, said M’bumpha.
Daniel comes from Mdzeka Village while Medson came from Chipacha Village, both in Traditional Authority Chilooko
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