Crime & courts

Row Over Food Turns Nasty As Man Kills Father, Roasts His Head

A dispute over food turned nasty after a lazy Inyathi man fatally axed his elderly father and threw his body into a fire resulting in the deceased’s head getting roasted.

Raighton Nkomo, 29, of Stand 6 Village 1 in Kennilworth, Inyathipulled his dead father’s body and put the head into a fire.

The accused person, Raighton Nkomo, of Stand 6 Village 1 in Kennilworth, Inyathi was 27 years old when he killed his father Bernard Nkomo (61) in 2019.

After killing his father, Nkomo left the kitchen hut and went to sleep in another hut leaving his father’s lifeless body with its head in the fire.


His younger brother Fyton Nkomo who was 17 then, arrived home later at night and slept in the kitchen but only discovered the body the following morning because of darkness.


Nkomo pleaded not guilty to murder and guilty to a lesser charge of culpable homicide when he appeared before Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Evangelista Kabasa who is on circuit in Hwange.

The judge sentenced Nkomo to eight years in jail before suspending 18 months for five years on condition of good behaviour.


The State represented by Bheki Tshabalala said the murder took place on July 16, 2019 in a kitchen hut at the family homestead.


It was the State’s case that on 16 July 2019 at around 8PM, the accused and deceased had a misunderstanding over food. The deceased complained that the accused was only consuming food at home without contributing anything.


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