Update: Prominent Chiredzi Doctor Facing Double Murder Charges
In an update from Chiredzi, the prominent medical practitioner Doctor William Phiri who allegedly killed his two children before trying to commit suicide on Sunday was remanded n custody facing double murder charges at Chiredzi Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The accused Dr William Phiri was also facing two charges of attempted murder for allegedly trying to kill his two children namely, Ropafadzo (6) and Themba (4) who are still battling for their lives in hospital.
According to the Herald Chiredzi magistrate Mr Simbarashe Gundani on Tuesday presided over the formal remand process in Chiredzi District Hospital, where Phiri is admitted, and is now in a stable condition, as he recovers from self-inflicted stab wounds in his chest when he tried to commit suicide.
Phiri was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody to February 9. Any bail application was said to be done at the High Court.
The accused allegedly killed his two youngest children, Princess (3) and Victor (7 months), who were found dead in a pool of blood after being stabbed by a knife. Phiri then went on to lock himself and the children.
Phiri allegedly tried to torch his house before he tried to shoot himself with a pistol, but failed to take his life after it jammed. The pistol was recovered from a sugarcane field near his house, where he was found wandering naked by the public and police on Sunday after the children were injured and killed. The pistol is presently at CID Forensics, undergoing examination.
Doctors yesterday reported that the condition of the two older children, who are being treated for stab wounds, remained critical yesterday. Ropafadzo, who is admitted at Chiredzi General Hospital, was still unable to talk.
At Masvingo General Hospital, where Themba was admitted in the company of his mother, acting medical superintendent Dr Noel Zulu said the boy had been transferred to Harare.
“We have transferred him to Sally Mugabe Central Hospital in Harare today (yesterday) and his condition is stable but critical,” said Dr Zulu.