Cop killer ‘prophet’ sen­tenced to hang, ac­com­plice gets life be­hind bars

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ONE of the two self-pro­claimed prophets who ganged up and stran­gled their client, a po­lice of­fi­cer, in a bushy area where they had taken him to “cleanse him of evil spir­its” was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to death by hang­ing while the other was jailed for life.

Pa­trick Matik­iti (26) of Sauer­stown and As­sur­ance Moyo (23) of Loben­gula West killed Nh­lalo Ndlovu, who was an as­sis­tant in­spec­tor, be­fore rob­bing him of a car, $200, a lap­top and two smart phones in De­cem­ber 2014.

Matik­iti, the mas­ter­mind be­hind the mur­der was sen­tenced to death while Moyo who played the sup­port­ing role, will spend the rest of his life in jail.

Bu­l­awayo High Court judge Jus­tice Fran­cis Bere con­victed both of mur­der with ac­tual in­tent.

“We’re sat­is­fied that the mur­der was com­mit­ted in ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances. The sole mo­tive in the com­mis­sion of this mur­der was to en­able the ac­cused per­sons to loot the de­ceased’s prop­erty,” said Jus­tice Bere.

“We’re par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about a life which was need­lessly lost. This was a heinous mur­der which was well ex­e­cuted and mo­ti­vated by noth­ing else but greed and Matik­iti is the one who mas­ter­minded the killing.”

Jus­tice Bere ex­pressed con­cern over Matik­iti’s crim­i­nal record fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions that he was once con­victed for un­law­ful en­try, theft and rob­bery.

“We’re par­tic­u­larly con­cerned with the life which Matik­iti has been lead­ing. His young life is sadly dec­o­rated with un­ac­cept­able crim­i­nal con­duct,” he said.

The judge said Moyo was in­flu­enced by Matik­iti into com­mit­ting the grue­some mur­der. “From the loot that Moyo got, it sug­gests that he was a sub­or­di­nate. Matik­iti clearly abused the trust which the de­ceased had be­stowed on him. Our view is that Matik­iti must not be spared and he de­serves noth­ing other than cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. We’ve a strong con­vic­tion that if we don’t im­pose this sen­tence, we would have failed so­ci­ety. “The sen­tence of this court is that you be re­turned to cus­tody and that the sen­tence of death be ex­e­cuted upon you ac­cord­ing to the law,” ruled Jus­tice Bere. On be­ing asked why a death penalty should not be im­posed on him, Matik­iti said he was a sole bread­win­ner tak­ing care of his three mi­nor chil­dren.

Jus­tice Bere re­minded Matik­iti of his au­to­matic right of ap­peal against both con­vic­tion and sen­tence at the Supreme Court.

Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Tariro Rosa Takuva said on De­cem­ber 10, 2014, shortly after 6.30PM, Matik­iti and Moyo were ap­proached by Ndlovu who sought to be cleansed of evil spir­its that were al­legedly haunt­ing him.

Ndlovu had just ar­rived from Lu­pane where he was study­ing mid­wifery at St Luke’s Hos­pi­tal when he sought help from the two men.

The court heard that Matik­iti and Moyo, who al­ready had in­for­ma­tion that Ndlovu was car­ry­ing cash and some valu­ables in his car, hatched a plan to rob him of his be­long­ings.

Upon ar­rival at Khami Dam at about 9PM, the two men man­han­dled the cop and choked him us­ing a piece of cloth from their gar­ments.

They robbed him of $200, a Toshiba lap­top, two smart phones, his po­lice ID card and a Toy­ota Noah and left his body in the bush. The two drove to Harare where they sold the car.

The duo’s ar­rest was based on a strong sus­pi­cion fol­low­ing a re­port by rel­a­tives that Ndlovu was last seen when he vis­ited Matik­iti’s home for con­sul­ta­tion.

Foren­sic de­tec­tives iden­ti­fied Ndlovu’s re­mains when they took one of his bones, tooth and tooth­brush to the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust) Ap­plied Ge­netic Test­ing Cen­tre for DNA pro­fil­ing and the sam­ples matched the po­lice of­fi­cer’s iden­tity after another pa­ter­nity test was con­ducted on his son and sis­ter.

When po­lice searched Matik­iti’s house they found Ndlovu’s po­lice ID.

The two men then led po­lice to the scene of the crime for in­di­ca­tions where the other stolen goods were re­cov­ered.

Ms Martha Mazango of R Ndlovu and Com­pany ap­peared for Matik­iti while Moyo was rep­re­sented by Ms Vi­vianah Chikomo of Ma­joko and Ma­joko Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers.—@mash­nets.

Pa­trick Matik­iti and As­sur­ance Moyo

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