In a shocking case, a Grade 7 student has been arrested after he allegedly killed a 4-year-old ECD (Early Childhood Development) pupil at the same school.
The horrific incident took place last Wednesday in Zaka, Masvingo Province. The alleged killer cannot be named due to his age, as he is still a minor. Both the 14-year-old student and the 4-year-old ECD pupil learned at Goko Primary School.
According to the police, the incident occurred after the 14-year-old was involved in a physical fight with another Grade 7 pupil. During the altercation, the 14-year-old picked up a stone and threw it with force, intending to hit his 13-year-old classmate.
Unfortunately, the stone missed the 13-year-old and instead fatally struck the 4-year-old who was in the vicinity. After the matter was reported to the authorities, the 14-year-old was arrested and briefly detained. He was later released into the custody of his parents.
The body of the deceased 4-year-old was ferried to Masvingo General Hospital for a post-mortem. In a statement released on social media, the police said,
“The ZRP is investigating a murder case in which a 14 year old grade 7 pupil killed a 4 year old ECD pupil at Goko Primary School, Zaka on 16/02/22.
“The suspect fatally struck the victim on the head with a stone after missing the intended target, a 13 year old classmate whom he was fighting with.
“The suspect has been arrested and released into the custody of his parents while the victim’s body was referred to Masvingo General Hospital for post-mortem
2/2 the intended target, a 13 year old classmate whom he was fighting with. The suspect has been arrested and released into the custody of his parents while the victim’s body was referred to Masvingo General Hospital for post-mortem.
— Zimbabwe Republic Police (@PoliceZimbabwe) February 22, 2022