Boy (13) in court for murdering brother, aged 4

Accused teen kicked now deceased infant several times and throttled him, court told

By Staff Reporter

A 13-year-old Masvingo boy faces murder after he strangled his 4-year-old brother when the siblings were left on their own by family.

The shock incident, according to the National Prosecuting Authority, happened in Chief Chivi area in Masvingo.

The boy, who could not be named on ethical grounds, appeared before the Masvingo Magistrates’ Court facing murder.

The state alleges on 5 May 2024, the informant left the now deceased 4-year-old in the care of the accused person who is his brother.

The two, according to NPA, went fishing in the river.

“On their way back home, the now deceased could not keep up with the accused,” NPA said.

“This enraged the accused person who lost patience and assaulted him several times by kicking and slapping him all over the body.

“When he fell, the accused person throttled him and told him to get up and walk home.

“He realised that the now deceased was losing consciousness and quickly carried him on his back and rushed home where he tried to feed him with porridge but he could not eat as he was now unconscious.

“He laid him on the floor and fled.

“The death was reported by the informant who found the now deceased’s body when she returned home.

“He was remanded in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare to the 28th of June 2024.”

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