IN A bizarre incident that left Chivhu villagers shell-shocked, a local man axed his long-time friend to death before chopping his body to pieces and taking away the deceased’s left foot after allegedly accusing the friend of failing to visit him.
BY CHARLES LAITON
The incident happened in the Masase area of Chivhu on August 8 last year.
The man, Kimpton Shereni, however, escaped the hangman’s noose last week when High Court Judge President, Justice George Chiweshe, sentenced him to life imprisonment for the murder of Bren Mapiti.
The court heard that the incident happened after Mapiti had paid a visit to Shereni’s family.
Although the actual reasons for the attack remained a mystery throughout the trial, Shereni is said to have told his wife Tariro Mugari prior to the attack that Mapiti had angered him by not paying him regular visits.
The court heard that on the day in question, Mapiti visited Shereni’s homestead where upon arrival he found only the latter’s wife and children present.
When Shereni eventually arrived at 9:45pm, his wife advised him of Mapiti’s presence.
At that juncture Mapiti had already retired to bed in a separate hut together with Shereni’s children.
Immediately after getting the news of his friend’s presence, the court heard, Shereni got angry and rushed to the kitchen hut where he retrieved an axe and proceeded to where Mapiti was sleeping.
He got in and struck his friend several times on the head, chest, hands and legs before hacking off Mapiti’s foot.
The shocking drama occurred in full view of his family members who later fled the scene after they saw Shereni chopping off Mapiti’s foot.
When other villagers were alerted of the bizarre incident, they rushed to the scene where they found Mapiti lying dead in a pool of blood with Shereni nowhere in sight.
Shereni was later arrested, but Mapiti’s foot was not recovered.