A man ended up getting an 8-year prison sentence in connection with the death of his 16-year-old sister. It appears the 27-year-old man from Gweru had intended to punish the Form 3 teen for dating 6 boyfriends but ended up killing her.

The man, identified as Terrence Tarisai of Clifton Park, pleaded not guilty to the murder of his sister Tryphine before Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Maxwell Takuva.

The murder charge on Tarisai was discharged and was instead found guilty of culpable homicide, The Herald reported.

“There is need for parents and guardians to avoid excessive force when disciplining their children because it leads to unnecessary loss of life. A young life was lost unnecessarily. The accused is found guilty of culpable homicide and is sentenced to eight years in prison. A year of his sentence is suspended on condition of good behavior,” Judge Takuva said.

The incident happened on July 22, 2020. Tarisai had just arrived home but found his 10-year-old sister alone. He looked for Tryphine who was not around.

The 16-year-old arrived at around 6:00 p.m. and said she was at the shops. However, the older brother did not believe her and went through her WhatsApp messages. It was here where he discovered that her sister was dating multiple boyfriends.

He threatened to beat her for being promiscuous. Fearing danger, the 16-year-old left the house and went to his aunt in Mtapa Section 7, Gweru.

Both returned the next day and Tarisai maintained he would punish his sister. He beat her up with a black cord and even ordered his sister to call all her boyfriends.

But at some point, Tryphine complained about feeling cold. She was put to bed by her aunt but died in her sleep a few hours later. This led to the arrest of Tarisai.

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