A 23-year old man identified as Andrew Muchirawetu has been arrested by Police operatives for allegedly stoning to death his father and burning his corpse.
Andrew Muchirawetu burnt his 88-year old grandfather after he (Muchirawetu) alleged that his grandfather had bewitched him and blamed his grandfather for all the predicaments that befallen him in recent times.
The tragedic incident occurred on Sunday night in Gudyanga Village near Birchenough Bridge, Zimbabwe.
Andrew Muchirawetu is currently in the custody of security operatives in Zimbabwe.
Muchirawetu’s uncle, Liberty Danda told the Manica Post, that “I came here early in the morning around 5 am after I heard people calling out for help. The house was on fire. On arrival I found the deceased’s body burning. There were several deep cuts on the body.
“It was clear to me that he had been murdered before being set on fire. In fact, he must have been stoned to death because there were stones all over the place. The stones had blood stains which suggested that they had been used to inflict pain on the deceased. It was a scary sight but I had to put out the fire.”
Danda said Andrew had a history of mental illness and did not seem to be remorseful about his actions.
“Since he came back from South Africa mid last year, he had always been complaining that his grandfather is bewitching him. In fact, he had been showing signs of mental illness. When I asked him why he had committed the crime, he remained silent. He was not even remorseful,” he said.