Man nabbed for try­ing to kill week-old baby

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube Court Re­porter

A MAN from Bu­l­awayo’s New Loben­gula sub­urb has been ar­rested after he al­legedly tried to kill his week old baby by throw­ing him on a road and stamp­ing on the in­fant’s head.

The tot mirac­u­lously sur­vived the sav­age at­tack, al­beit with in­ter­nal in­juries.

Khum­bu­lani Sibanda (33) al­legedly told his 20-yearold wife that their child had died be­fore com­mit­ting the heinous act.

Sibanda ap­peared be­fore West Com­mon­age Mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube fac­ing at­tempted in­fan­ti­cide charges.

Ms Dube said Sibanda who pleaded guilty should be ex­am­ined by two doc­tors be­fore she could is­sue her rul­ing.

“I think you have to be ex­am­ined by at least two doc­tors to check whether you are men­tally sta­ble. What you did is in­hu­mane and un­ac­cept­able in our so­ci­ety”, said the mag­is­trate.

She re­manded Sibanda in cus­tody to Novem­ber 28 for judg­ment.

Prose­cut­ing Ms Mar­gret Takawira said Sibanda grabbed the child, who was sleep­ing on a bed and ran to the streets telling his wife the in­fant was dead. His wife gave chase at­tract­ing public at­ten­tion on Septem­ber, 14 at about 11am .

“The ac­cused`s wife fol­lowed him but couldn’t stop him be­cause he was run­ning.

“This grabbed the at­ten­tion of mem­bers of the public who fol­lowed the ac­cused per­son un­til he dropped the baby on a gravel road near Sikhulile Se­condary School,” she said.

Ms Takawira said Sibanda stomped on his baby’s head sev­eral times.

The pros­e­cu­tor said Sibanda`s wife took the baby to Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal where she was told that the baby had sus­tained in­ter­nal in­juries.

The ex­tent of the baby’s in­juries was not dis­closed in court.

The vic­tim’s mother re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice lead­ing to the ar­rest of her hus­band. — @cyn­thi­amthembo1

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