Man kills daughter for having a boyfriend. iHarare has learnt from the Chronicle that Benjamin Mpanduki murdered his daughter, Pamela Believer, after assaulting her all over the body with a grinding mill belt for dating a local boy, Pride Chando.
The incident happened in Mpanduki of Village Mabhena under chief Malisa in Silobela.A 42-year-old Kwekwe man fatally assaulted his 15-year-old daughter with a fan belt for allegedly having a boyfriend. Appearing yesterday before Bulawayo High Court judge, Justice Martin Makonese, facing murder charges, the accused pleaded not guilty to murder but to a lesser charge of culpable homicide.
Prosecuting the case, Mr Mandla Ndlovu told the court on the day in question Mpanduki arrived home and indicated that he wanted to discipline the now-deceased for being romantically involved with Chando.
It is said that on July 11 at around 9PM Pamela Believer Mpanduki was at home with her mother and siblings when her father Benjamin Mpanduki started accusing her of having an affair with a local boy. The father started assaulting Pamela all over the body with a grinding mill belt made of rubber several times all over her body. Pamela’s mother tried in vain to restrain Mpanduki.
After the assault, the court heard that Ms Mupasa took her daughter to her bedroom hut whilst Mpanduki went and slept in their tuck shop. The following morning at about 6AM the mother went to check on her daughter only to find her dead. The matter was reported to the police who attended the scene and observed injuries on her body.
Mpanduki was arrested after being on the run for some time. In the courts ruling, presiding magistrate, Justice Makonese sentenced him to five years in prison. Whilst passing judgement Justice Makonese said that parents should exercise restraint when they discipline their children.
It will be a miscarriage of justice if the accused got a non-custodial sentence. Children have rights too especially the right to life even if they have erred in the eyes of their parents.