A Zimbabwean murder who was sentenced to life imprisonment begged the judge to hand down the death sentence.
A murderer who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Bulawayo Court in Zimbabwe, caused a stir when he pleaded with the judge to hand down the death sentence to him because the bible says he who kills must be killed, reports MyZimbabwe.
The 20-year-old convict, Maxwell Moyo, reportedly broke into a song as he attempted to jump out of the dock after Justice Maxwell Takuva failed to send him to the gallows, and it took six prison officers the whole of five minutes to subdue him as he kept insisting on being given the death sentence.
Court proceedings came to a standstill until Justice Takuva ordered prison guards to take Moyo, a year younger than the minimum age at which the court can constitutionally mete the death penalty, back to the holding cells as they seemed to be facing challenges in containing him.
Moyo repeatedly told the judge:
"I want to be sentenced to death because the Bible clearly says anyone who commits murder should also be killed."
The court heard that Moyo was part of a robbery syndicate that used an 18-year-old prostitute, Prisca Mudyanadzo, as a bait to lure a client from a night spot in the city to a nearby recreational park in Makokoba suburb where they robbed and fatally stabbed him.
Mudyanadzo was also convicted of murder with constructive intent and sentenced to 20 years in jail.
The third accused, Tafadzwa Hove, who was also aged 18 and was Mudyanadzo's lover, died in August last year at Khami Remand Prison after succumbing to inguinal hernia and intestinal obstruction.