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Rescue mission turns tragic

A CHIMANIMANI man who allegedly murdered the man who was accusing his mother of being a Satanist and keeping her hostage has been arraigned before the courts to face murder charges.

Clever Mwandipererwa (29) of Nemaramba Village under Chief Mutambara was not asked to plead when he appeared before Mutare provincial magistrate, Mr Langton Carter last week.

He was remanded in custody to Wednesday.

Allegations are that Mwandipererwa struck his neighbour, Godfrey Murungura (27), following an altercation over his mother’s abduction.

Prosecuting, Mr Nyasha Donald Mukonyora said on June 8, Mwandipererwa’s mother, Gogo Irene Gapara (62), was abducted by Murungura and other villagers over allegations that she was practising Satanism.

She was allegedly detained at Murungura’s home for a night.

“On June 9, Mwandipererwa approached Murungura and asked him to release his mother. Murungura refused and a dispute ensued between the two. Mwandipererwa tried to force his way into the room where his mother was detained, but Murungura barred him from doing so,” said Mr Mukonyora.

“There was an altercation between the two, resulting in Mwandipererwa taking a stone and striking the deceased with it. Mwandipererwa lunged on Murungura and he fell to the ground. He attacked him with a handle of an axe. He later grabbed a pick handle and continued pummelling Murungura with it until he lost consciousness. Murungura died on the spot,” said Mr Mukonyora.

A report was made to the police who attended the scene and conveyed Murungura’s body to Birchnough Bridge Hospital mortuary.

Post-mortem results revealed that Murungira sustained multiple facial and scalp scratches on his head plus an open wound on his neck as well as a stab wound on his chest, which resulted in a secondary cardiac arrest.

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