By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
12 June 2014
A Zimbabwean man is being charged with murder for strangling his wife to death in their Hilltop home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
The wife, Nadina Abdul who lived in Arcadia, Harare before relocating to the UK, was found dead inside their home on Wednesday by the police. Hatfield police have not yet specified a time of death, speculating only she may have been murdered on Monday.
It is believed the couple were living separately since January after Nadina sought a restraining order against her husband, identified as Dexter. He also lived in Arcadia before moving to the UK.
Nadina’s relatives told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that despite Dexter being a god fearing person, he was a very abusive husband. The couple had three children.
On the day Nadina is believed to have died, Dexter visited her in the absence of their children who were at school. What is known according to Nadina’s relatives is that on Monday afternoon Dexter went to the kids’ school and told them he had permission from their mum to pick them up.
‘He took the kids home and told them mum was sleeping inside. As soon as the kids went indoors, he just left only to give himself up to the police on Wednesday,’ said one of the relatives.
She added: ‘What kind of husband would kill their wife and let the kids stay with the body. Only an insane person can do that.’
The crime has shocked the town of Hatfield, which has a large community of Zimbabweans, many of whom attend the the University of Hertfordshire, which is less than a kilometre from were Nadina was found murdered.