IRON BAR BEATING KILLS BABY Preg­nant mum bat­tles for life af­ter sav­age as­sault

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A MAN from Mangwe al­legedly struck his girl­friend’s three-year-old son to death with an iron rod in an at­tack that left the six months preg­nant woman bat­tling for her life fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions that she was cheat­ing with another man.

Ms Non­tokozo Ndlovu is bat­tling for life in the in­ten­sive care unit at the Bu­l­awayo United Hospi­tals fol­low­ing the at­tack that claimed the life of her son, Mqon­disi Mpofu. The in­ci­dent hap­pened last Thurs­day at about 7PM. Costa Maphosa (34) al­legedly first at­tacked Ms Ndlovu and her son with stones at her work­place at Fan­tasy Mine in May­obodo, Mangwe District.

He then al­legedly ob­tained an iron rod and force marched them to a bushy area where he re­peat­edly at­tacked both with the weapon, lead­ing to the boy’s death.

Maphosa, from Ma­tobo, yes­ter­day ap­peared be­fore Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Li­vard Phile­mon, fac­ing mur­der and at­tempted mur­der charges. He was re­manded in cus­tody to Au­gust 15. Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said Ms Ndlovu was ad­mit­ted to the United Bu­l­awayo Hospi­tals In­ten­sive Care Unit where she was bat­tling for her life.

“Maphosa pro­ceeded to Ms Ndlovu’s work place on 28 July around 7PM where he found her with her three-year-old son. He started ac­cus­ing her of hav­ing an af­fair with another man and a mis­un­der­stand­ing arose be­tween them.

“Maphosa started pelt­ing his girl­friend, who is six months preg­nant, with stones and also struck her with an iron mor­tar on the head. He went on to at­tack the three-year-old boy with stones,’’ she said.

Mrs Sibanda said Maphosa then force marched mother and son to a bushy area while armed with an iron rod.

She said Maphosa or­dered them to lie on the ground and struck both with the weapon sev­eral times un­til they lost con­scious­ness.

Mrs Sibanda said the fol­low­ing morn­ing, a passerby found Ms Ndlovu ly­ing un­con­scious while her son was al­ready dead.

She said the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice re­sult­ing in Maphosa’s ar­rest — @DubeMatutu.

Costa Maphosa

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.