Life jail for killing fa­ther

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Masvingo & South-West News - Runesu Gwidi Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

A CHIREDZI man has been sen­tenced to life in prison by a Masvingo High Court judge af­ter he fa­tally struck his fa­ther with an axe in June last year and buried his corpse in a sorghum field.

Last week, Jus­tice Garainesu Mawadze jailed Khetani Kasha (27) of Chi­rove vil­lage in Sengwe com­mu­nal lands for life af­ter con­vict­ing him of mur­der­ing his fa­ther with ac­tual in­tent.

Khetani was jointly charged to­gether with his younger brother Isaac Kasha(17) who, how­ever, es­caped with a warn­ing since he was still young when the of­fence was com­mit­ted.

Isaac, who was ac­cused of help­ing his brother con­ceal their fa­ther’s life­less body, was charged un­der the doc­trine of com­mon pur­pose as an ac­ces­sory to the crime.

The two sib­lings de­nied the charges lev­elled against them.

Khetani Kasha was rep­re­sented by Mr Jo­hannes Ru­vengo of Ru­vengo and Maboke Part­ners, who wanted his client to be charged with cul­pa­ble homi­cide. The court ruled that it was clear the sib­lings wanted to evade jus­tice af­ter they gave con­tra­dic­tory state­ments to the po­lice and their lawyers af­ter the ar­rest.

“From the look of things, this grue­some mur­der case was com­mit­ted with ac­tual in­tent and the ac­cused (Khetani) de­serves a se­vere jail term to serve as a les­son to would-be of­fend­ers,’’ said Jus­tice Mawadze be­fore sen­tenc­ing Khetani.

Pros­e­cu­tor Ms Sophia Bhusvu­mani told the court that on June 13 last year, around 1pm, at Chi­rove Vil­lage, the Kasha sib­lings, to­gether with one Hardlife Mak­wanyele, went to har­vest sorghum at their fields.

While there, the de­ceased had an al­ter­ca­tion with Isaac over the lat­ter’s re­luc­tance to carry through a deal where he was sup­posed to get a goat from his fa­ther in ex­change for a cell­phone.

Khetani joined in the al­ter­ca­tion, and when tem­pers flared, he picked up an axe and fa­tally struck his fa­ther on his head and neck.

Isaac took the blood­stained axe used to kill his fa­ther and cleaned it, while Khetani also hid the blood­stained shirt he was wear­ing.

The broth­ers then tried to cover their fa­ther’s corpse with some grass.

Upon reach­ing home, they lied to their mother that their fa­ther was still work­ing in the fields.

How­ever, af­ter he failed to come back home, a search was con­ducted, re­sult­ing in the dis­cov­ery of the body.

A re­port was made to the po­lice, lead­ing to the ar­rest of the duo.

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