Murderers who fed victim to lions jailed

HARARE - Two Karoi men have escaped the hangman’s noose after a High Court judge sentenced them to 25 years in prison.

They were charged with murdering a 36-year-old taxi driver before dumping his body in a lion-infested game park.

High Court judge Felistas Chatukuta spared Tafadzwa Watson Mapfoche, 21, and Thinkwell Zaranyika, 22, the ultimate sentence, following provisions of the new Constitution which abolished the death penalty for those under the age of 21 or above 70 years at the time of the commission of the crime.

They committed the crime in March 2011 in the Chirundu area where the victim, Alneshto Bayeta, was based.

The court heard that the duo told the police how they killed Bayeta by throwing him down the steep slopes of the Marongora Heights, in Mashonaland West province, after robbing him of his vehicle, a Nissan March.

On the day in question, the court heard that Bayeta was driving along the Chirundu road, when the duo hired his vehicle from Karoi to an unidentified destination.

When they got to the Marongora Heights in the Chirundu area, Mapfoche and Zaranyika forced Bayeta out of his vehicle, killed him and dumped his body in a lion-infested game park, where it was later devoured by wild animals.

Police officers and National Parks officials failed to locate Bayeta’s body, but officials only managed to retrieve torn pieces of his pair of shoes, a pair of trousers, a shirt, a belt and underwear.

According to court papers, the clothes were scattered in a manner consistent with a body devoured by wild animals.

Mapfoche and Zaranyika were arrested by police three weeks later and the vehicle was later recovered at a farm in Mhangura, but it had been stripped of some parts.

Comments (5)

This is lenient. These guys should have had a lifetime in prison.

Mahwani - 2 October 2013

l was once a taxi driver in Harare after l finished my Bachelors degree in Harare it came to happen that lm also a victim of these thugs .I feel the pain to deceased family ,the pain which the driver went through during the attack .But lm shocked with 25 years jail terms to these young thugs honestly there deserve death penalty period .The bible says if you live by sold you shall die by sold .So let them face the music.

bentos - 2 October 2013

25 years is too little, we will see them soon enjoying and killing other people. Whoever kills should rot in jail. 25 years as if they store cattle. That's encouraging people to kill one another. please revise this verdict.

Mutape - 2 October 2013

What a tragedy, this is just one example of a country that does not have opportunities for its young people, some may resort to these dangerous and thuggish behaviours as a way out. I do not in ANY way shape or form condone the murder of an innocent man, but I am shocked to read this story, because its just sad all the way. I know one of these young men, used to be such a nice kid, promising and yet he strayed so far to the point of taking another man's life in such a horrific manner. 21/22, and you spend the next 25 years of your life behind Zimbabwe's notorious prison system you are pretty much done. Not say its a harsh sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but just how sad it is, similar tragedies occur in the impoverished black and latino communities in North America. I am so traumatised by this

tino - 2 October 2013

Its all Mugabe's fault. Munyasaradhi uyu wationesa chitsuku zvokwadi!

Bingo Wajakata - 3 October 2013

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