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Prophet kills congregant during baptism, claims woman appeared like a vampire

A BAPTISM session recently went wrong when a leader of an apostolic sect killed one of his congregates in Nyaure River in Domboshawa.

Masimba Chirayi, 37, who is a reverend at New Johanne Masowe killed one Wendy Thinnamay Masuka over the weekend after he mistook her for a vampire.

He appeared before a Harare magistrate Tilda Mazhande answering to culpable homicide charges.

Chirayi told the court that he did not kill the now deceased on purpose adding that she appeared like a dangerous creature to him.

“In my eyes she was like a vampire possessed by demons, she was violent and I thought she was going to kill people so I kept her submerged in water until I overpowered her,” he said.

According to court papers, Chirayi was conducting a cleansing and baptism session.

He was released on $50 bail and his case was remanded to next month for trial.

Several congregants are expected to testify against him.

Ropafadzo Bostch appeared for the state.

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