By Mary Taruvinga
A 19-year-old Harare man allegedly murdered his father in cold blood before he sliced off his genitals following a dispute over a debt, a Harare magistrate’s court heard Friday.
Basilio Simbi, who is from Glen Norah high density suburb, was hauled before Harare magistrate, Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing murder charges.
He was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody to a date next year.
It is alleged that the teenager committed the heinous crime on December 12 midnight before he cut off his parent’s genitals in a bid to stage manage a ritual killing.
Court heard, on the fateful day, the two were the only ones at home when a dispute arose.
The deceased, whose name was not mentioned in court, retired to bed as usual before his son later attacked him.
It is alleged that Simbi armed himself with two knives and a scissors which he used to stab his father.
The now deceased, court was further told, tried to resist the attack but was overpowered.
Simbi only sustained a deep cut on his arm.
Court heard, after stabbing his father, Simbi used the scissors to cut off his genitals.
Prosecuting, Shepherd Makonde said Simbi then took the naked body of his father to a local primary school and dumped it at an open space near the gate.
He allegedly went back home and cleaned his weapons and soiled blankets.
The teenager then took his father’s genitals and dumped them in a storm drainage nearby.
The body of his father was discovered by passers-by the following morning.
Investigations started and when the police went to Simbi’s place for interviews, they discovered he had a deep cut on one of his arms.
After questioning, it is alleged he confessed to having killed his father.
Simbi also led the police to where he had dumped his father’s genitals, court was further told.