78 year-old man charged with murder at care home


ZIMBABWE – A MAN believed to be in his late 70s was on Thursday arrested in connection with the murder of a colleague following a misunderstanding over noise at an old people’s home here.

Willie Banda, believed to be in his late 70s, had a misunderstanding with Regis Hanzu Machubu, also believed to be of the same age whom he shared a room with together with two other colleagues at Chengetanai Old People’s Home.

Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara confirmed the incident. He added that Banda was held at Chinhoyi Central Police Station where he was assisting with investigations.

“We confirm as police that we have arrested a man (Willie Banda) we believe to be in his late 70s for the murder of his colleague (Regis Machubu) following a misunderstanding over noise as the elderly people were just retiring to bed,” he said.

Machubu succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the assault after spending more than three weeks at Chinhoyi Provincial hospital where he was receiving treatment. The incident occurred on December 20 last year at around 11.30pm when the home mates were retiring to bed.

During the night Banda reportedly started shouting on top of his voice prompting Machubu to reprimand him. This did not go down well with Banda who woke up and took a wire, which he allegedly used to severely assault Machubu who was lying in his bed.

He left him lying unconscious on the bed and wreathing in pain. The other housemates did not interfere to restrain Banda as he reportedly had a history of being violent and a bully.

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