A 64-year-old Concern Ncube from Jengwe area outside Victoria Falls was arrested after he reportedly struck his son with a machete during a fight over a minor girl issue.

The accused fatally bashed his son with a machete over a fight that ensued when he rebuked the now deceased for having a love affair with a juvenile girl.

The murder took place on Wednesday at the family homestead in the presence of other family members in Jengwe Village 3, under Chief Mvutu. The now deceased, Dumezweni Ncube was aged 22.

 Ncube was not asked to plead to murder when he briefly appeared for initial remand before Victoria Falls magistrate Ms Lindiwe Maphosa. He was remanded in custody to 14 July and the magistrate advised him to apply to the High Court for bail.

Ncube is employed at Matetsi River Lodge along Zambezi River between Victoria Falls Town and Kazungula. Prosecuting, Mrs Sithabile Daka-Mungombe said Ncube was arrested on Wednesday.

“On 23 June and at home, the accused unlawfully and intentionally caused the death of his son Dumezweni Ncube by striking him once on the forehead with a machete after a family dispute,” Mrs Daka-Mungombe told the court.

While the cause of the fight was not stated in court, police sources said Ncube allegedly rebuked his son for having a love affair with a minor girl in their area.

A misunderstanding reportedly ensued resulting in the two engaging in a fist fight upon which the accused picked a machete and struck his son who died moments later before being taken to hospital.

The fight and murder took place in the presence of the accused’s wife Mrs Joyce Ncube and deceased’s brother Zenzo.

A report was made to the police leading to the accused’s arrest.

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