Mentally ill man faces murder charge


A ZHOMBE mentally ill patient will appear before the Gweru High Court Circut when it opens on May 18 facing a murder charge for allegedly strangling a six-year-old boy to death.


Marvellous Moyo of Chief Malisa Village in Zhombe stands accused of having strangled Takudzwanashe Muguti with a bark string for allegedly not knowing were his scotch cart was.

According to State papers, Moyo (age not given) is a known mental patient who allegedly committed the crime in 2012 and will finally come face to face with justice after three years.

The State alleges that on December 12 2012, Muguti was herding cattle with four other juveniles when Moyo showed up and accused the five children of having taken his scotch cart.

They denied any knowledge of the scotch cart and the accused became violent and started beating them up.

The children allegedly ran away in different directions, but Moyo is alleged to have chased after Muguti and caught up with him.
“The accused caught the now-deceased and lifted him up on his shoulders,” reads part of the State outline.

“He was heard crying by his friends as he was being carried away. When they got to a certain spot, the accused strangled the now-deceased with bark rope and dumped him in muddy water along Magwizi River.”

Muguti’s body was only discovered after the other children who had escaped from the accused person alerted village elders who confronted the accused.

The State alleges that it was the accused who later led the villagers to the muddy river to retrieve the body which was taken to Bulawayo United Hospitals for postmortem.

The post-mortem which will be produced in court as evidence shows that Muguti died of strangulation and asphyxia.