Crime & courts

Domestic Worker Butchers His Two Employers

THE trial of a 27-year-old Rusape domestic worker who axed his two employers in cold blood has began at the Mutare High Court with the suspect pleading for leniency saying he was drunk when he committed the heinous offence.


Elvas Mukono who is being represented by Mr Cosmas Chibaya of Chibaya and Associates told the court that he was enraged after his bosses failed to pay him for a job he had completed and butchered them on May 24, 2019.


Justice Hlekani Mwayera is presiding over the spine chilling murder case that left villagers under Chief Chiduku’s area shocked.


“The deceased, Elson Mberi (74) and his wife, Faina (72), employed Mukono on May 21 as a domestic worker. During the course of his employment, Mukono learnt that Faina Mberi had some foreign currency in her possession.


He hatched a plan to rob her,” principal public prosecutor, Ms Jane-Rose Matsikidze told the court.

“Before retiring to bed on May 23, Mukono took an axe and kept it in his bedroom. Around 4am the following day, Mukono armed himself with the axe and proceeded to the kitchen where Elson was. He struck him once on the head and left him for dead. He stole Elson’s Nokia phone and torch before heading to the couple’s bedroom where Faina was sleeping,” said Ms Matsikidze.


She said Mukono using the axe to strike Faina to death. “He threw the axe on the bed and ransacked the bedroom till he found the money. He also took Faina’s cellphone, gathered his clothes and fled.


“Faina’s body was discovered by another employee that same morning. Elson was still alive. He later died at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on June 1,” said Ms Matsikidze.

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