Three men from Chivi in Masvingo province have been arrested for allegedly teaming up to murder their 72-year-old mother after accusing her of witchcraft.
The accused — Duduzile, Bright and Daniel Tizirai of Makuvire village — last week appeared before Masvingo High Court judge Justice Garainesu Mawadze charged with murder.
Prosecutor Emmanuel Mathose alleged that on April 5 this year, the co-accused approached their now deceased mother, Nyengeterai Tizirai, and accused her of causing the death of her daughter-in-law.
The trio reportedly took the deceased to Nyaningwe dip-tank, tied her hands with a rope and took turns assaulting her using a rubber strip and logs.
The court heard that a witness, Cathrine Tatenda, assisted the victim and made a police report after discovering that she was struggling to breathe.
A post-mortem report showed the deceased succumbed to haemorrhagic shock, blunt trauma and assault.
The trio will be back in court on November 22. The Sunday Mail