One of two self-proclaimed prophets who ganged up and strangled their client, a police officer, in a bushy area where they had taken him to “cleanse him of evil spirits” was yesterday sentenced to death by hanging while the other was jailed for life.
Patrick Matikiti (26) of Sauerstown and Assurance Moyo (23) of Lobengula West killed Nhlalo Ndlovu, who was an assistant inspector, before robbing him of a car, $200, a laptop and two smart phones in December 2014. Matikiti, the mastermind behind the murder was sentenced to death while Moyo who played the supporting role, will spend the rest of his life in jail.
Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Francis Bere convicted both of murder with actual intent,
We’re satisfied that the murder was committed in aggravating circumstances. The sole motive in the commission of this murder was to enable the accused persons to loot the deceased’s property. We’re particularly concerned about a life which was needlessly lost. This was a heinous murder which was well executed and motivated by nothing else but greed and Matikiti is the one who masterminded the killing.