Son strangles dad, gouges out eyes

BULAWAYO - Police in Bulawayo yesterday arrested a man who callously strangled his father with a copper wire before gouging out his eyes in a bizarre incident that has left the  whole neighbourhood shell-shocked.

The suspect, Trust Moyo of Pumula North suburb, reportedly took his father, Mboland’s life after a brawl.

According to neighbours, the incident happened on Sunday around midnight after Mboland, who stayed with his three children including Trust while his wife lived in the rural areas, found his elder son preparing supper.

A misunderstanding reportedly ensued resulting in Mboland using a copper wire to physically assault his son.

Trust is said to have overpowered his father and used the same wire to strangle him before using a pair of pliers to tighten the grip on the wire resulting in his father passing out.

After that Trust, whom neighbours say had a psychiatric history, reportedly used his fingers to gouge out his already-dead father’s eyeballs in full view of his two siblings who watched helplessly.

When the Daily News crew arrived at the scene around mid-morning yesterday, the body was still lying in their one-roomed lodging while the suspect, who had already been handcuffed, was seated close to his lifeless father’s body as they waited for the CID homicide squad to carry the body.

Gladys Moyo, the deceased’s sister, told the Daily News that after killing his father, Trust continued preparing supper and slept in the same room with his two young siblings till yesterday morning as if nothing had happened.

“We saw Trust at around 6am coming to my house saying my brother was seriously ill,” she said.

“I quickly rushed to the house only to find my brother lying dead. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it,” said Gladys.

She said the family had been shaken by the cruel manner in which her brother’s life had been ended.

“He was married and was living with his three children while his wife was staying in the rural areas,” she said. “As I am speaking, she is already on her way here.”

Neighbours said Trust and his father had a long history of fighting.

Addressing mourners who were dumbfounded by the incident as the body was being removed from the house, a senior member of the police said the incident could have been avoided.

He also advised the public to hastily react to such occasions, saying similar cases were rife in the communities.

The body was ferried to United Bulawayo Hospital mortuary.

    Comments (3)

    wow............this is scary and inhuman

    dee - 20 January 2015

    murderous son- unbelievable

    Titus - 23 January 2015

    Its very sad to see my brother pass away at the hands of his son. Bigger question, is his son aware of it all. Mental health is a Bigger societal problem we all have to deal with. My heart aches for my extended family including Trust, only God knows. Where do you start, could my brother have handled situation better , perhaps. Abuse leads to more abuse and often ends up in tragic outcomes as in this case. This is so tragic, cant imagine how Mbo felt as his life was being sniffed out. How could the son be so calm about death as if he didnt see it. These are difficult questions about life and the things that we all face. As he stays in jail does Trust know why he is there, whats the expression inside his Soul, Heart and Mind when asleep, dreaming, talking to fellow inmates. Its so sad to imagine. There are so many Trust like fellowmen all over the world. For anyone who believes things of this world will come to pass, live with the Blessed Hope that one day there will be no more pain of what so ever sort. Stay in prayer for one another. I will so ever miss my cousin I shared some fond memories with over 40 years ago when we were little at the hills of Dula where he has been interned until the second Advent of Christ. We used to run around chasing Baboons at the corn fields, heading cattle at Dobhoda. I looked up to him as the older brother, he was so cool to me. In some respect he contributed charitably to the person I became and I am ever so thankful to him. I last so him 40 years ago and it still seems like yesterday. He will always remain ingrained in my heart. Yet lets not forget the trauma the 2 siblings witnessed as their father was being murdered. How do they move on. How about the wife losing a husband and facing her son on it. This is hell on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bruce Agrippa Moyo - 8 February 2015

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