Saturday, 27 April 2019

Horror As Family Members Assault Grandpa To Death

Eight Chivi family members allegedly assaulted  their elderly relative for more than 10 hours with mulberry tree switches leading to his death after accusing him of witchcraft.

The family members allegedly beat up  the elderly man until they got tired and took a sleep-break before continuing the following morning.

Taurai Hwengwere (46), Bernard Mandava (63), Gift Mandava (48), Apton Musindo (42), Edwin Nyembezi Samu (36), Svodai Tarisai (42), Patience Sibanda (age not given) and Pamela Mandava (age not given) allegedly assaulted Fidelis Mandava (72) with mulberry tree switches all over the body until the next day, leading to his death four days later.

Masvingo police spokesperson Chief Inspector Charity Mazula confirmed the incident:

She said the body of the deceased was taken to Masvingo General Hospital for postmortem.

“I can confirm receiving a report of murder involving an elderly man in Chivi. Eight members of his family assaulted him following a dispute over witchcraft allegations. Police have since arrested six of the suspects.

They are expected to appear in court soon on murder charges. Two others, both female, are still at large,” said Chief Insp Mazula.

She said the elderly Mandava and the eight relatives had a family gathering at his home intending to solve a dispute over allegations of witchcraft.

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