Justice Maxwell Takuva, Bulawayo High Court Judge has sentenced a 27-year-old man from Gweru in Zimbabwe to eight years in prison for battering his 16-year-old sister to death after he accussed her of being irresponsible and wild.
The man ‘Terrence Tarisai of Clifton Park’ who was sentenced after pleading not guilty to the murder of his sister Tryphine, was said to have battered her to death after finding out through messages on whatsapp that the Form 3 teenager was in a relationship with six boys.
On July 22, 2020, Tarisai got home and found out that Tryphine wasn’t in the house,she left her 10-year- old sister alone.
The teenager Tryphine who was a Form 3 student at Ascot High School in Gweru returned home in the evening at around 6PM. She told her brother that she went shopping.
On the other hand, Tarisai did not believe her, he got hold of her phone and went through her WhatsApp messages where he found out that she was in a relationship with six boyfriends. He threatened to beat her up accusing her of being wild.
Tryphine then ran away and got refuge at her aunt’s place in Mtapa Section 7, Gweru. The next morning, the aunt saw her off back home. After having a talk with their aunt, Tarisai still whipped her with a black cord and told her to call all her boyfriends and end their relationship. He kept flogging her afterwards.
After the drilling, Tryphine about feeling cold and was put in bed by her aunt. She died in her sleep a few hours later leading to the arrest of Tarisai.
Justice Takuva was said to have dismissed the case against Tarisai, but found him guilty of homicide instead.
Ruling on the case, the High Court judge emphasized the increase in cases of excessive use of force against young ones during disciplining. According to The Herald, Justice Takuva said;
“There is need for parents and guardians to avoid excessive force when disciplining their children because it leads to unnecessary loss of life. A young life was lost unnecessarily. The accused is found guilty of culpable homicide and is sentenced to eight years in prison. A year of his sentence is suspended on condition of good behaviour.”