Teen mum killer jailed 20 years

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mun­yaradzi Musi­iwa

A 19-YEAR-OLD man from Lundi Park low den­sity sub­urb in Gweru who last year grue­somely mur­dered his mother by stab­bing her sev­eral times in the chest has been jailed for 20 years.

Ku­dak­washe Ashley Sibanda, who is now 20-years-old, was con­victed of mur­der with ac­tual in­tent by Bu­l­awayo High Court judge Jus­tice Maxwell Takuva, sit­ting on cir­cuit in Gweru.

Jus­tice Takuva sen­tenced Sibanda to 20 years in jail de­spite his protes­ta­tions that he was high on co­caine and was not in con­trol of his fac­ul­ties when he com­mit­ted the of­fence.

In pass­ing sen­tence, Jus­tice Takuva said there was no ex­cuse for Sibanda’s be­hav­iour even though he claimed to be un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and drugs. “It is clear that when you com­mit­ted the crime you were in to­tal con­trol of your men­tal fac­ul­ties.

“You claim that you had taken a white pow­der which you sus­pected to be a nar­cotic and pro­ceeded home where you asked for money from your mother. Be­fore she re­fused, she asked you to help her pre­pare sup­per to which you com­plied. This is a clear tes­ti­mony that you knew what you were do­ing,” said Jus­tice Takuva.

The judge said even if the teen had taken drugs, he had done so vol­un­tar­ily. He said there were re­ports of many youths who were abus­ing drugs but they do not ex­hibit such way­ward be­hav­iour.

“On this ba­sis I find you guilty of mur­der with ac­tual in­tent,” Jus­tice Takuva said.

Sibanda once claimed that he was not men­tally sta­ble and was sent for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion which proved he was nor­mal.

Nar­rat­ing how he mur­dered his mother, Sibanda claimed he took a whitish sub­stance which he sus­pected to be co­caine.

“I met up with four of my friends and they forced me to take some sub­stances. Af­ter I had taken these sub­stances, I was feel­ing dizzy and I de­cided to go home. I told my friends I would meet up with them later and I left. When I ar­rived home I found my mum home and she asked me to pre­pare some sal­ads and she handed me a knife,” said Sibanda.

He said while he was mak­ing the salad, he asked his mother for $50 and her car. “She re­fused say­ing that I had been go­ing out fre­quently for the past few days and I was not go­ing any­where that day. It made me an­gry and I took the knife and went into the din­ing room where she was sit­ting and stabbed her with it,” said a seem­ingly un­moved Sibanda.

He said he stole his mother’s car and went for a beer binge at a pop­u­lar nightspot in Gweru with fe­male friends.

“I took my mother’s keys and I drove off. I re­ceived a call from Heather say­ing that I should come pick her up. I then went to a friend of my mum’s and took $150. I went back home and I took some clothes be­fore I went to the Bowl­ing club and spent the rest of the night there,” Sibanda said.

For the State, Mr Tafadzwa Mpariwa told the court that Sibanda stole his mother’s Nis­san Blue­bird ve­hi­cle and pro­ceeded to To­tal Garage in Gweru where he filled the tank and drove off with­out pay­ing and went for joyrides with pros­ti­tutes on a three day drink­ing spree.

When the news of the cal­lous killing of his mother spread, Sibanda fled to Harare. He ran over a pedes­trian in Nor­ton in a hit and run ac­ci­dent. Po­lice ar­rested him fol­low­ing a tip-off.

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