LATEST: Jindu sentenced to death


Peter Matika, Senior Reporter

SERIAL killer Rodney Tongai Jindu was on Friday sentenced to death after Justice Nokuthula Moyo found him guilty of murder with actual intent.

In delivering her sentence Justice Moyo said Jindu deserved capital punishment, as he intentionally committed the killings.

Justice Moyo also said the sentence would serve as a warning to other would be killers.

Justice Moyo said through investigations, the court had found that Jindu had hatched an elaborate plan to kill his victims and his remarks saying that he was sent by Lucifer to kill were all but a meticulously calculated plan to buy him time.

When asked if he had any plea against the sentence Jindu said it is what he wanted.

“It’s okay, it’s what I wanted,” he said before the court was adjourned.

Jindu also made an interjection during court proceedings, asking the Judge for “assisted suicide”.

“Is there a way I can be assisted by being granted assisted suicide,” he said before being ordered to sit down.

Jindu was in court for killing his friend, Cyprian Kudzurunga and neighbour, Mboneli Joko Ncube last year.

During trial, Jindu told the court that when he committed the murder he was under the influence of heroin and methamphetamine (crystal meth) which created an urge for him to kill.

He also confessed that he ate the pair’s raw livers and cooked the brains before consuming them. Jindu was accused of having shot Kudzunga in January last year while they were walking from Glengarry to Queenspark East in January last year. He was armed with an optima shotgun serial number 13752.

He shot Kudzurunga twice on the head and abdomen and he died on the spot. Jindu then took the body using a wheelbarrow and bundled it into the boot of the car. He took the deceased’s mobile phone and laptop and later buried him in a shallow grave. Jundu also killed Ncube by shooting him before he chopped his body into several parts before burying some of the parts in four different shallow graves.