Man assaults mum, hangs himself

By Rutendo Rori

A Murehwa man allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday after assaulting his mother who had chided him for bringing his friend to a family meeting.

File picture of police loading a metal coffin
File picture of police loading a metal coffin

Trevor Munetsi (34) of Chikwira Village under Chief Mangwende, Murehwa allegedly hanged himself from a roof beam with a rope at his homestead.

Mashonaland East police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed the incident and said investigations were underway.

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“I can confirm that we received a report of a man who hanged himself after allegedly assaulting his mother, Charity Munetsi (61),” he said.

“His body was discovered by his wife Catherine Dhlamini (30) on the same day at around 11:40pm and a report was made at Murehwa police who attended the scene.

“We appeal to the public to desist from using violence and to always engage third parties whenever there are disputes, to prevent unnecessary loss of lives.”

It is alleged that on February 26 at around 1800hrs, Trevor was at a family meeting with his mother, his uncle Joseph Munetsi (48), his father Norman Munetsi (68), his wife and a friend identified as Johannes.

An argument arose between Trevor and his mother after she asked him why he had brought Johannes to the meeting.

Trevor became violent and started assaulting his mother with fists before he was restrained by his uncle.

He turned on his father and started assaulting him as well and then rushed to a nearby well and dived into it.

He was retrieved by his uncle and wife.

It is reported that after being rescued, Trevor attacked his mother again who rushed to her bedroom and locked herself inside together with her daughter-in-law.

Trevor went to the kitchen, took a rope and tried to hang himself, but was restrained by his uncle who then left with his father and friend.

At around 11:40pm, Trevor’s wife went outside and found his body hanging from a rope on the veranda.

The body was taken to Murehwa Hospital mortuary for post-mortem. The Herald

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