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Lower Gweru man kills father, 91, over witchcraft
27/11/2014 00:00:00
by Midlands Correspondent
 
 
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A LOWER Gweru man, aged 39, allegedly crushed his father’s head against a rock, killing him instantly after he accused him of bewitching his two brothers who have mental health problems.

Johannes Mpofu of Ruby Group Two farm who is accused of killing his 91 year-old father, Tobias Runesu Mpofu, appeared before Gweru magistrate, Judith Taruvinga this week charged with murder.

Mpofu was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody.

The court heard that on the 27th of October, the deceased man’s wife Ida Muchairi, left her husband with their son Johannes as she went to fetch water from a nearby river.

While Muchairi was away, Johannes accused his father for causing his two elder brothers to suffer from mental illnesses.

Mpofu allegedly told his father he was going to pay for his sins before dragging him to a nearby rock.

He then allegedly smashed the 91-year-old’s head on the rock several times before he fell unconscious.

Runesu bled from the nose and mouth as a result of the assault and died before his wife returned from the river.

Further allegations are that when Muchairi returned home her son told her that he had killed a “lion” which had been causing problems in the family.

When Muchairi went to the back of the homestead to inquire about the said lion, she found her husband lying dead in a pool of blood.

She notified villagers and a report was made to the police leading to Johannes’s arrest.



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