TWO Nyanga siblings did the unthinkable when they murdered their father after tying him to a pole and assaulting him with an iron rod and sjambok.
He died from the injuries sustained from the brutal assault.
The murder case, which was sparked by witchcraft allegations, is on trial at the Mutare High coffinurt before Justice Hlekani Mwayera.
Shadreck Sapurango and his brother, Tendai, are alleged to have murdered their father, Bvumai Luke Sapurango, in contravention of Section 47(1)(a) or (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23.
Principal public prosecutor Mr Malvern Musarurwa told the court that the murder was committed on May 17 last year.
“The deceased used to reside in Mutundure Village, Nyanga, which falls under Chief Saunyama,” he said.
“The deceased is the father to the accused persons. On the day in question, the accused persons tied the deceased against a pole of a maize shed at his homestead. They went on to assault him on the buttocks and feet using an iron rod and sjambok. The deceased sustained serious injuries and died moments later.
“The deceased’s body was ferried to Mutare Provincial Hospital and later to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for a post-mortem.
“On June 8, 2019, Dr Javangwe carried out a post-mortem and concluded that the cause of death was due to anaemia post-subcutaneous intra0-muscular haemorrhage and blunt force injuries.”
The State called Takesure Sapurango to testify.
Takesure told the court that the suspects are his half brothers, before giving an account of what happened on the fateful day.
According to Takesure, the suspects arrived at the scene of the crime accompanied by two unidentified people and his sister, Estelle, who is mentally challenged.
Shadreck was wielding an iron rod, while Tendai was armed with a sjambok.
The accused persons placed their weapons in a shed in front of the family’s kitchen hut.
Shadreck allegedly told Tendai that they should promptly execute their plan. He produced two ropes from his pocket and handed one of them to Tendai.
The duo dragged their father to the maize shed and tied him up on a pole.
They then started assaulting him, accusing him of bringing misfortune to the family through sorcery.
The two brothers are being represented by Ms Fiona Maroko of Mugadza, Chinzamba and Partners Legal Practitioners. They pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, arguing that they had no intention to kill him.
The defence counsel said the fact that the suspects assaulted the deceased on the buttocks clearly showed that they had no intention to kill him.
Justice Mwayera was supposed to hand down his judgment last week but this has since been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.
— Manica Post