Tragedy hit Manoti community in Gokwe where a 27 year old man killed his one year old daughter and seriously injured his wife after striking them with a hammer.

Lungisani Dube is believed to have committed the offence after an altercation following restrain from his wife to leave the house naked.

Dube is alleged to have run amock around 6am as he wanted to go out of the house in his birthday suit.

The unsuspecting wife restrained the accused from doing so, a development which is said to have infuriated Dube who assaulted her using a hammer.

It is believed, the wife screamed, courting the attention of a neighbour who attempted to help before he also scurried for his dear life after Dube threatened him with the same hammer.

Reinforcement of other neighbours was sought and upon realising that a rescue team was coming, the accused then struck his one year old daughter Simelinkosi who was standing close to him.

The minor collapsed and she died on her way to St Luke Hospital.

The wife Privilege Tshuma sustained serious injuries and is receiving treatment at Mpilo Hospital.

Dube is facing one count of murder and another count of attempted murder of his wife who is still battling for her life at the hospital.

Gokwe magistrate Mrs Sithabile Zungula remanded the matter to the 28th of this month and she asked the prison authorities to take the accused for medical examination to ascertain his mental condition.