A Bulawayo man allegedly beat his son to death with an iron bar for breaking a neighbour’s window before attempting to commit suicide by drinking a pesticide.
Joseph Phiri allegedly fatally struck his son Adam, a Form Two pupilon and downed rogor pesticide when he realised the boy was not breathing.
Phiri has since been arrested and is recovering at Mpilo Central Hospital under police guard.
neighbour who spoke on condition of anonymity said Phiri allegedly killed his son while scolding him for breaking a window pane at a neighbour’s house.
“It’s disciplinary action gone wrong. It’s senseless how he attacked and killed his child. We are told that his son had broken a neighbour’s window pane resulting in the neighbour approaching Phiri and telling him to reprimand his son. Phiri told the neighbour that Adam had been giving him problems and vowed to fix him. He savagely attacked his son all over his body with an iron bar, killing him in the process,” said the neighbour.
Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele could not be reached for comment.Credit: iharare