WHO medical officer stabbed to death in Harare

A World Health Organisation (WHO) medical officer stationed in Zimbabwe died after he was stabbed at least four times by his son who is believed to have been under the influence of drugs.

The matter came to light when 23-year-old Daniel Niyata Fussum appeared at Harare Magistrates Court on Monday facing a count of murder for the killing of his father, an Eritrean national.

Fussum is also facing an attempted murder charge after he also stabbed his mother, a Netherlands national, thirteen (13) times. The deceased, Daniel Fussum, was aged 53.

The court heard that the woman, Jordanos Zerom, is battling for her life in a Harare hospital after she was stabbed multiple times by her son who went on a rampage after an altercation.

Allegations are that on Saturday at 0940 hours in Mt Pleasant, Harare, the accused had an altercation with his parents who are diplomats in Zimbabwe.

The court heard that he stabbed his father Daniel Fussum with a kitchen knife twice on the chest, once on the stomach and once on the left hand causing his instant death.

He faces a second count of attempted murder.

The court heard that the accused had an altercation with his parents who are diplomats in Zimbabwe and stabbed his mother Jordanos Zerom (a Netherlands national) who was left with 13 wounds on the back, three stab wounds on the chest and one on the stomach causing serious injuries on her body.

The complainant is in a critical condition Trauma Centre Hospital in Borrowdale, Harare.

The knife used to commit the offence was recovered at the scene.

There were blood stains found on the clothes and body of the accused suspected to be that of the deceased and the complainant.

The State has lined up the gardener and maid as witnesses to testify. Prosecutors urged the court to keep the 23-year-old in prison saying there was a likelihood that the accused can interfere with witnesses or even murder them in same modus to evade justice.

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