Police in Kasungu are keeping in custody a 23-year-old man for allegedly raping before strangling to death Malita Phiri, 28, of Chikula village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Simulemba in the district.
Burton Mathewe, Kasungu Assistant Police Publicist identified the suspect as Mvano John, from Chimwendo village, T/A Chakhaza in Dowa.
He said on 1st March, 2014 at around 21:00 hours the suspect went to the deceased house with the intention to rape her, after realizing that the husband was not there.
"He broke into the house and grabbed her, fortunate enough Phiri managed to escape into a maize garden. The suspect followed Phiri in the field and caught her, and then raped her and later strangled her to death," explained Mathewe.
Mathewe said Phiri shouted for help, which alerted neighbours who came for her rescue but found her already dead.
According to Mathewe, Postmortem results conducted at Kasungu District Hospital revealed that death occurred due to strangulation.
In a related development, a 39-year-old man on 2nd March, 2014 was found dead at Katenje Trading Centre in the same district of Kasungu.
Mathewe identified the deceased as James Mwisama of Nkhulambe village, T/A Nazombe in Phalombe district.
He said it is believed that on 1st March, 2014, the deceased and his friend went to Katenje Trading Centre for drinking, but as the time went on, the friend decided to leave the place leaving Mwisama at the drinking point.
"On the morning of the following day the deceased was found dead within the trading centre," said Mathewe.
He said postmortem conducted revealed that death occurred due severe bleeding after being hit by a blunt object. Meanwhile, investigations are underway to find out culprits of the murder.