A 24-YEAR-OLD man on Monday allegedly decapitated a 17-year-old Form Two pupil with an axe before removing his private organs and threw them into a pit latrine following a heated exchange over noise from a radio.
The gory murder occurred in Cold Streams, Penhalonga. The alleged killer, Solo Mafondokoto went on to dump Maxwell Mangoma’s remains in a gorge near a stream before confessing to the heinous crime.
The gorge is about 200 metres from the Mafondokoto homestead where Maxwell stayed after being adopted by the family while doing Grade Two.
It was a sombre atmosphere when The Manica Post visited the Mafondokoto homestead on Tuesday morning as family, neighbours and villagers were grappling to come to terms with the shocking incident which took place barely a month after a farm worker was killed in a suspected ritual murder before being thrown in a dam in the same area.
Leading detectives through indications at the crime scene on Tuesday afternoon, Mafondokoto who showed no signs of remorse, said a scuffle ensued after Maxwell, a pupil at Muchena Secondary School had disturbed his sleep by loudly playing music.
“I was infuriated. Mangoma disturbed my sleep and I did not like it. I pretended as if all was well before he proceeded to the kitchen hut where I followed him. I took an axe and hacked him twice. I struck his neck and removed his head. I put his body in a wheelbarrow.
“I took a knife and sliced his privates. I dumped his head together with his privates in a toilet before carrying the other remains in a wheelbarrow and dumped them in a gorge near a stream. I had killed a chicken the previous day and also dumped it in the toilet,” he said.
He looked agitated after being quizzed on why he had killed the chicken first and threw it in the same toilet before committing the heinous crime the following day.
Villagers retrieved Mangoma’s head and the rooster from the pit latrine, but the privates were missing, leaving them to link the incident to a ritual killing.
Mafondokoto’s father, Solomon, said his son was a peaceful man and did not know the motive behind the murder.
“We are really shocked. I was at my workplace at Mutare Board and Paper Mills in Muchena when Solo visited me. My wife, Virginia Kandiero who was also at my workplace left for home and when she arrived, she called me saying there were some bloodstains that had been covered by soil near the kitchen hut. I quizzed Solo after my wife told me that Maxwell was missing. He professed ignorance over his whereabouts. I pressured him to reveal the truth and he confessed killing Maxwell,” said the father, Solomon.
He added: “My son revealed that he had axed him because they had an altercation over noise from a radio. He looked so relaxed and unbothered. He said I should also kill him since he had committed a crime. In shock and trepidation, I left work and we proceeded home. I alerted other neighbours and we interrogated Solo who also confessed hacking Maxwell to death. He narrated to us how he had executed the crime.
“We tied his hands since we feared he would run away. He led us to where he had dumped Maxwell’s remains. We reported the matter to the police as well as notified Maxwell’s relatives in Wengezi.”
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Luxson Chananda said investigations are in progress.
— Manica Post