The  decision by a 25-year-old South African woman, Maria Sephokola, to come clean to her 38-year-old lover on her HIV status has led to her death after the man went into a frenzy and smashed her with a hammer, killing her in the process, reports Daily Sun.

According to police, the deceased who was from Eersterust in Tshwane, had confessed to her boyfriend that she had been cheating on him and had contracted the HIV virus, but the confession incensed the man who got angry and used the hammer to hit her several times. After committing the murder, he fled the scene but was later arrested after a manhunt.

The couple had reportedly been together for four years but on Sunday morning, the suspect reportedly phoned his brother to tell him what had happened before fleeing and was later arrested at Marikana squatter camp.

Temba Police Constable Herman Moremi said:

“Apparently the victim confessed to her lover that she had been cheating all the time they were together. She told him she was infected with HIV.”

The late woman's mother told the Daily Sun that if she had listened to her family never to move in with the man, she would not have died in such a dreadful manner.

“She chose to stay with her boyfriend under the same roof even though they were not married. If she had listened to my advice, she would still be alive.”