Man beats lover’s kid to death for steal­ing eggs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara

A-49-YEAR-Old man from Nkayi in Mata­bele­land North al­legedly fa­tally as­saulted his lover’s 10-year-old son for steal­ing three eggs.

Gift Ng­wenya of Hla­bathini Vil­lage, un­der Chief Sikhobokhobo was ar­rested on Fri­day for al­legedly killing Ash­ton Ncube.

He al­legedly punched the boy in the face and hit him with a so­lar bat­tery on the head, killing him on the spot.

Na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba said the case was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“A 49 year old man re­turned from a beer drink and was in­formed that his step son, a 10 year old boy had stolen three eggs which he boiled and ate.

“The man was ir­ri­tated and punched the boy on his face. He also struck the boy with a 12 volt so­lar bat­tery on the head and he col­lapsed and died,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

She urged mem­bers of the pub­lic en­tan­gled in dis­putes to re­solve their dif­fer­ences am­i­ca­bly with­out re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence.

A neigh­bour who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said Ng­wenya gets vi­o­lent when he is drunk and he is used to beat­ing up his lover’s chil­dren.

“He re­cently moved in with Sithulisiwe Ndlovu. He al­ways claimed to be dis­ci­plin­ing the chil­dren say­ing he doesn’t want spoilt chil­dren.

“On this day, we had seen him drink­ing at our lo­cal bar. Maybe he had taken too much be­cause an is­sue of food is not worth beat­ing a child with fists for.”

The source said the wife told Ng­wenya what Ash­ton had done not re­ally ex­pect­ing him to beat up the child.

“When she tried to seek help from neigh­bours upon fail­ure to con­trol him, it was al­ready too late.

“He smashed the child with a bat­tery in the head and he fell to the ground, dy­ing in­stantly. We tried to re­sus­ci­tate him but re­alised he was al­ready dead,” said the neigh­bour.— @win­nie_ masara

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