Chief Mkoka man axes father,guilty of murder

A 31-YEAR-OLD mentally challenged man from Gokwe, who struck his father to death with an axe, was yesterday found not guilty of murder on the grounds of insanity.

Obey Mutero of Village Mutero, Chief Mkoka, Gokwe South went to a bedroom hut where his father was sleeping.

Once inside the hut, Mutero struck his 63-year-old father with an axe on the head and hand before leaving.

His mother, Lina Mpofu, heard her husband screaming and when she went to enquire, she found him lying in a pool of blood.

High Court judge Justice Lawrence Kamocha considered Mutero’s mental state before delivering a sentence of not guilty by reason of insanity and said accused would be committed to Mlondolozi Mental Prison.

The State’s case was that on August 4 and at around 3am, the accused proceeded to a hut where his father was sleeping, armed with an axe. He struck his father once on the head and left hand with the axe before going away.

The deceased was discovered lying unconsciously in a pool of blood by his wife, who made arrangements to transport him to hospital.
He, however, died upon arrival at Gokwe District Hospital.

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