A 23-year-old Bikita man Clemence Gurwe is being charged with murder after he beat his one-year-old child to death
The Masvingo Deputy spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the report: “On the 26th April 2019 around 10pm in the Village of Kanjera of Chief Masungunye in Bikita Isheunesu Gurwe the now deceased child was crying and his father Clemence Gurwe took him by the hand and started beating him up several times all over his body.
“He further strangled him saying he was making unnecessary noise until the little child bled from the noise. The same night the infant’s mother 20-year-old Michel Manyangadze just wiped the blood from the nose and they slept until the next morning,” he said.
Ass Insp Dhewa said Manyangadze her ailing child to Nyika Clinic the next day where she narrated what had happened and she was advised to report what had happened.
“After her son had been attended to at the clinic she made a report to Nyika Police station and her husband was arrested at their home.
“The child was then referred to Silveira Mission Hospital after his condition had seriously deteriorated and then he was further referred to Masvingo General Hospital,” said Ass Insp Dhewa.
On the 12th May the child was discharged on condition of coming for reviews. Isheunesu later died on the 07th July around midday after his condition had worsened and was buried the next day at the Kanjera Village. The police at the Nyika base said they got a tip off from the villagers that the child had died.
The day of the arrest Gurwe was charged for attempted murder and later on the 29th April appeared in court at the Bikita Magistrates. The Masvingo Deputy spokesperson Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed that after further investigations Gurwe is now being charged with murder having previously been charged with attempted murder. Gurwe was remanded in custody to the July 26.