KAROI — In a gruesome murder that has left Karoi residents shocked, a 27-year-old man fatally struck his father with an iron bar in a suspected domestic dispute.
Police have since launched a hunt for the suspect identified as Learnmore Zimucha.
Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara yesterday confirmed the murder of 53-year-old Peter Zimucha of Plot 13, Sangalalo Farm, Karoi.
Police said on January 30 at around 10pm, the now deceased, his son Learnmore and their employee Chamunorwa Mutengera (21) finished curing tobacco and retired to bed thereafter.
The following day at around 1am it is believed Learnmore, who had earlier been reportedly angered by his father, woke up and went to the now deceased’s bedroom armed with an iron bar.
He then allegedly struck his father repeatedly with the weapon all over the body. Police said Mutengera was awakened by the old man’s distress calls and rushed to his rescue, but the suspect charged towards him. Mutengera fled the scene and informed a neighbour, Vengai Dakuwa (42).
The two returned to the homestead, but found Peter lying dead in a pool of blood. Learnmore was nowhere to be found. The matter was reported to Karoi rural police and the body was conveyed to the Karoi District Hospital mortuary.
Meanwhile, a sombre atmosphere engulfed Mbizo Section 9 suburb last Monday following the gruesome murder of a 64-year-old woman allegedly by her husband over a yet-to-be disclosed domestic dispute.
Midlands police said the suspect Clemence Mhandire (72) allegedly murdered his wife, Tecla Matavire (64), in cold blood on Monday night following a domestic misunderstanding.
According to police documents, Mhandire had an argument with his wife whom he then struck with a log until she fell unconscious.
After the incident, Mhandire allegedly reported to his neighbour that he had murdered his wife and then handed himself to Garandichauya Mbizo Police Station.
A preliminary post-mortem report indicated that the woman sustained a fractured skull, leading to her death.
Her body has since been taken to Bulawayo for a full post-mortem. Mhandire is expected to appear at the Kwekwe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.