Gospel Fes­ti­val lights up Gwanda: Page 6

6-yr-old blud­geoned with ham­mer, gut ripped open

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Nqo­bile Tshili

A TSHOLOT­SHO man pounded his neigh­bour’s six year-old son to death with a ham­mer be­fore ty­ing his body to a bi­cy­cle frame and rip­ping his stom­ach open with a knife.

There­after, Lizwe Ncube al­legedly sat star­ing into space, next to Ob­vi­ous Mkhwananzi’s mu­ti­lated body on Satur­day, around 11AM.

Shell-shocked vil­lagers said Ncube was men­tally un­sta­ble. He, they said, grabbed a ham­mer and hit the Ntu­l­ula Pri­mary School Grade One pupil on the head, while he was play­ing with friends at his (Ncube’s) home­stead.

When a Chron­i­cle news crew vis­ited Bhukuswayi area where the in­ci­dent oc­curred, vil­lagers said they had never wit­nessed such a grue­some mur­der.

Ob­vi­ous’s grand­mother Ms Sen­zile Dube told The Chron­i­cle that she blacked out af­ter see­ing her grand­son who was “slaugh­tered like an an­i­mal.”

She said the blood cur­dling killing oc­curred while she had gone to church.

“The chil­dren came to in­form me Lizwe had hurt Ob­vi­ous. They didn’t tell me my grand­son was dead. I rushed to the scene. I froze when I saw his blood­ied body on a bi­cy­cle rack. I couldn’t be­lieve what I was see­ing,” said Ms Dube.

The granny was stay­ing with five mi­nor chil­dren be­tween the ages of six to 15 in­clud­ing Ob­vi­ous.

Ms Sen­zile Dube, the slain child’s grand­mother

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