A murderer holds an axe. PROFILE PHOTO

16-year-old boy murders four close relatives

The incident brings to four the number of relatives he boy has killed this year as he was already out on bail for another case of killing his aunt in April.

VILLAGERS in the Fula area in rural Beitbridge were left in shock on Friday after a local teenager went berserk and bludgeoned his aunt to death with a wooden log before strangling the woman’s two children.

The 16-year-old boy then set the aunt’s hut on fire, burning them beyond recognition.

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The incident brings to four the number of relatives he boy has killed this year as he was already out on bail for another case of killing his aunt in April.

Police spokesperson Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident.

He said the boy allegedly dragged the deceased Sarina Mbedzi (24) and her two children, Thanganedzo Mbedzi (6) and Phidzuro Mbedzi (5), into a hut and set it on fire.

“On October 22, 2021, a male juvenile (16) ran amok and fatally struck Sarina Mbedzi (24) with a wooden stick before strangling her two children,” Nyathi said.

“The teenager is on fee bail for another case of murder for killing his aunt, Muhlaba Mbedzi (62) in April 2021 in Fula Village Beitbridge.”

Police expressed concern over the increase in murder cases in communities resulting from petty disputes.

“In a related case which occurred on October 20, 2021 at Siakaloba Village, Siyakobvhu, responsible Siazemba was stabbed with a knife on the groin by his brother Lloyd Siazemba after the victim became violent whilst they were thatching a bedroom hut together with their brother Joseph Siazemba,” Nyathi said.

“Police urges members of the public to respect the sanctity of life and try to solve disputes amicably.”

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