Brother kills Sister
A 27-year-old man from Zimbabwe has been slapped with a 8-year jail sentence for beating his 16-year-old sister to death.
Terrence Tarisai, who hails from Gweru was handed the sentence by a Bulawayo High Court judge, Justice Maxwell Takuva.
While reading the sentence, Justice Takuva lamented the increasing cases of excessive use of force against minors during disciplining being witnessed in the country, according to The Herald.
“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.” said Justice Takuva.
On July 22, 2020, Tarisai returned home and discovered that his sister, Tryphine was absent and had left her 10-year- old sister alone. Tryphine who was a Form 3 student at Ascot High School in Gweru returned home at around 6PM and told her brother that she had been at the shops.
An angry Tarisai did not believe her and grabbed her phone and went through her WhatsApp messages where he discovered that she was dating multiple boyfriends. He threatened to beat her up accusing her of being promiscuous.
Tryphine fled home and went to her aunt’s place in Mtapa Section 7, Gweru to seek refuge. The next morning, the aunt accompanied Tryphine back home and had a talk with Tarisai to forgive his small sister.
However, the talk didn’t bear fruits as Tarisai flogged her with a black cord and told her to call all her boyfriends and end their relationship. He continued flogging her thereafter.
After being whipped, Tryphine complained that she was 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.
Guilty of homicide
Tarisai was initially charged with murder but Justice Takuva dismissed the murder charge against him but found him guilty of culpable homicide instead.