A man who killed his father accusing him of having an intimate affair with his wife will stay in prison for the next 15 years, a High Court judge has ruled.
Justice Charles Hungwe last week sentenced Clemence Deme to an effective 15-year jail term after convicting him of murdering his biological father, Kumunda Muturiki two years ago.
Deme (27) a Zimbabwean, with the help of his young brother, Emmanuel Mutiriki (20) thrashed their 63-year-old father to death after they accused him of being intimate with Deme's wife.
In his ruling Justice Hungwe said Deme deserved a long jail sentence because he committed a serious offence. Justice Hungwe said cases of murder were on the rise so perpetrators deserved stiffer penalties to send a clear message to the society that those who commit such crimes will face the wrath of the law.
Prosecutor told the court that on 7 June, 2011, around 7pm, Deme and his brother Emmanuel went to his father's homestead. The court heard that the two confronted their mother and asked the whereabouts of their father. They are said to have been told that he was sleeping in his bedroom hut.
Deme and his brother proceeded to the hut and found their father asleep. He allegedly started to assault him with a wrenched spanner on the head twice. It was also stated that Deme then grabbed a Mopani log and continued to assault his father all over the body. His mother Rodah Mutiriki tried to restrain her son but failed and rushed to her neighbour for help.
When she returned with the neighbour, Deme had allegedly left but the woman found found her husband languishing in pain in the hut. Emmanuel then came, dragged his father out of the hut and began kicking him, accusing him of having sex with his brother's wife, it is alleged.
The hapless woman reportedly rushed to seek help from more neighbours but this time when she returned, her husband had stopped breathing. They reported the case to the police leading to the arrest of the two. Emmanuel's charges were however withdrawn after the State failed to level substantial evidence against him.