Death sentence for Makore killers
The High Court has sentenced to death both Tafadzwa Shamba and Tapiwa Makore Senior, the killers of seven-year-old Tapiwa Makore Junior in Nyamutumbu village, Murehwa, on September 17, 2020.
This comes after High Court Judge Justice Munamato Mutevedzi found both Shamba guilty of murdering the boy and Makore Senior was convicted of being an accomplice in the murder.
The duo was back in court for aggravation and mitigation after the court found them guilty of the gruesome murder of Makore Jnr.
In submitting written aggravation of the sentence before High Court judge Justice Munamato Mutevedzi, the State said Shamba and Makore Senior are not remorseful and are unwilling to reveal the whereabouts of Tapiwa Junior’s head and are protecting the traditional healer who ought to have been with them in the dock.
The State also submitted that the manner in which Makore Junior was brutally murdered shows the heinous murder premeditated.
The State further submitted that the victim was a young boy with a bright future and potential to excel in life, only to meet a painful death at the hands of persons he trusted who wanted to enhance their business is more aggravating.
In mitigation, the convicts pleaded for leniency, claiming that they are willing to appease the young boy’s spirit to avoid the wrath of avenging spirits.
However, the State said the courts only operate on facts and evidence. Hence, the interest of justice demands physical punishment.