One of the two selfproclaimed 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
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’sproperty,” said Justice Bere.
“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.”
Justice Bere expressed concern over Matikiti’s criminal record following revelations that he was once convicted for unlawful entry, theft and robbery.
“We’re particularly concerned with the life which Matikiti has been leading. His young life is sadly decorated with unacceptable criminal conduct,” he said.
The judge said Moyo was influenced by Matikiti into committing the gruesome murder.
“From the loot that Moyo got, it suggests that he was a subordinate. Matikiti clearly abused the trust which the deceased had bestowed on him.
Our view is that Matikiti must not be spared and he deserves nothing other than capital punishment. We’ve a strong conviction that if we don’t impose this sentence, we would have failed society.
“The sentence of this court is that you be returned to custody and that the sentence of death
executed upon you according to the law,” ruled Justice Bere