A 23-year-old Zimunya man who killed his father after making him drink water laced with poison during a cleansing ceremony along Mpudzi River committed the gruesome crime. His motive — he wanted to inherit a Madza 323 sedan.
Dereck Chitakatira is on trial at the Mutare High Court before Justice Muzenda who is expected to hand over judgment today.
He is charged with murder as defined in Section 47(1) (a) or (b) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23.
Principal public prosecutor Ms Jane Rose Matsikidze told the court that the suspect killed his father Lloyd Chitakatira on March 18 last year.
Dereck is being represented by Mrs Magama from the Legal Aid Directorate.
“The accused resided at the deceased’s homestead and were both members of the Jeke Mission Church,” said Ms Matsikidze.
“On March 18 last year the family members completed their fasting programme and went to Mpudzi River for cleansing. As per their custom the accused person, as the first son, was to conduct the cleansing of the whole family.
“Before leaving home the accused person asked the deceased to take from the kitchen a cascade container which had water laced with some poison. At the river the accused cleansed himself, other family members and lastly the deceased. Before immersing the deceased the accused asked him to bring the water bottle into the pool. After cleansing him he asked his father to drink the contents before the bottle was thrown into the river and swept away,” she said.
— Manica Post