A Harare auto spare parts dealer Peter Makoni (48) of New Marlborough on Tuesday blew his head in a suspected suicide case following a divorce dispute with his first wife. Makoni’s body spent the whole of Tuesday night at the of corner Old Mazowe and Mapereke roads under police guard. It was only removed yesterday morning at around 10am after the Criminal Investigations Department and forensic personnel had concluded their preliminary investigations.

Harare provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tedious Chibanda confirmed the incident and said investigations were still under way.

He said the case had been referred to CID Homicide.

Neighbours told The Herald that Mr Makoni, who appeared troubled, spent the better part of Tuesday sitting in his car that was parked in the neighbourhood where he had been living with his second wife for the past seven months.

Relatives say Mr Makoni sent a text message to his cousin to meet him at the corner old Mazoe Road and Mapereke Road in New Marlborough.

The cousin, Mr Lucky Magezi, in the company of Makoni’s second wife Ms Nyaradzo Nangai complied and arrived at the meeting place at around 6pm where they found Mr Makoni locked in his Isuzu Bighorn.

He is said to have lowered the window and told them: “It is better for me to die,” without elaborating further how he had reached such a fatal decision.

He is said to have disembarked from the car and shot himself once in the head with a pistol around 7:30pm.

Residents who first arrived at the scene said Mr Makoni’s body lay underneath the vehicle close to the left rear wheel, about a metre away from the pool of blood.

No blood trail could be detected from where the corpse lay to the pool of blood, leaving residents with questions of how the corpse could have moved itself closer to the left rear wheel.

Makoni’s niece who declined to identify herself confirmed her uncle’s rocky relationship with his first wife who stays in Bluffhill in Harare.

“My uncle has had suicidal tendencies for a long time we never suspected it would come to this. He has been having divorce issues with his first wife,” the niece told The Herald.