Allegations of murdering an uncle after striking him with two heavy blows with an axe, attempted rape and assaulting an elder female relative has landed a 47-year-old Chinamhora man in trouble with the courts.
Killian Shonhiwa Tagarira appeared before Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba facing a cocktail of aggravating charges ranging from murder, attempted rape, assault and disorderly conduct.
Tagarira was remanded to November 25 in custody with instructions to approach the High Court for all bail issues.
Prosecutor Flossy Jambaja alleged that, on November 7 at around 2am, Tagarira, armed with an axe, went to his uncle, the now deceased Bernard Shonhiwa’s house and ordered him to come out.
Shonhiwa refused to open the door, so Tagarira broke in and dragged his uncle outside before allegedly smashing his head twice with an axe.
Hearing screams, neighbours rushed over and found Shonhiwa lying in a pool of blood and rushed him to hospital. He was however declared dead on arrival.
The following night, Tagarira slunk into a shop in the same area at around 7pm and demanded sex from the shop attendant, who was alone.
She refused and retreated into a room, but Tagarira followed, pinned her to the ground, choked and gagged her. The woman’s sister arrived just in time to save the shopkeeper as they both wrestled with Tagarira.
While Tagarira was still trying to assault the shop assistant, the sister sought help from villagers who tried to overpower Tagarira.
But he escaped from them only to be tracked down by the police a few days later.
While the police were arresting him for the alleged murder and attempted rape, two other alleged crimes were reported.
On September 22, while at a funeral, Tagarira accused his grandfather Sabastian Boriwondo of engaging in witchcraft before assaulting him.
More than a month later on October 29, Tagarira went to Moddie Dube’s house around midnight and started pelting her house with stones ordering her to open the door.