Granny and three sons in gruesome murder of Epworth man

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AN EPWORTH woman and her three sons have been arrested on allegations of killing a man from their neighbourhood.

Taurai Hwete, 61, is being charged with murder together with her children, Tendai, 32, Nyasha, 18 and Garikayi Mwakonayi, 21.

The quartet appeared before Harare magistrate Tilda Mazhande on Monday and was not asked to plead.

They were ordered to apply for bail at the High Court before their case was remanded to May 7 pending their trial.

The deceased Vinus Zakeyo managed to capture their names as they were attacking him and managed to give a statement which led to the arrest of the four before he died.

When she sensed danger, Hwete took the now deceased’s particulars they had stolen on the day they committed the offence to the police and made a false statement.

She allegedly told the police that she picked the documents dumped near her vehicle while she knew that she had attacked Zakeyo and that his condition was critical.

Hwete and her sons purportedly committed the offence on April 14 around 11pm when her sons met Zakeyo who was coming from Rueben Shopping Centre.

It is alleged the three men confronted Zakeyo and accused him of being a thief.
It is alleged they started assaulting him with clenched fists, booted feet and stones before their mother brought a hoe, hammer and garden rake.

The court heard Hwete struck Zakeyo on his foot with the hoe before one of her sons used a rake to pierce his legs.

The four went on to search Zakeyo’s pockets and stole $150 and his cell phone before they left him unconscious by the road side.

Zakeyo was rescued by a passer-by the following day and was rushed to Harare hospital where he passed on after six days.

He, however, managed to lead the police to the suspects before he died.

Ropafadzo Bostch appeared for the state.