Man accidentally kills 10-year-old HIV positive brother while making him take his medicationBy Mason White 9:26 AM July 16, 2014
By: Sanvi Rizvi
A man killed his younger brother who was in his care, by making him take his medications.
The 10-year-old boy, who was born HIV positive, died after his brother slapped him with an open fist for refusing to take his anti-retroviral medications.
28-year-old Thuso Ndou of Zezani, Zimbabwe, was found guilty of murder. However, High Court Justice Lawrence Kamocha, let him off with a light sentence.
Ndou let out a sigh of relief when Justice Kamocha sentenced him to 526 hours of community service, saying he had endured enough pain during his year long time in prison while awaiting trial.
Justice Kamocha said that Ndou will be haunted by the death of his brother for the rest of his life.
The defense attorney of Ndou, pleaded for leniency, arguing that his client did not intend to kill his brother, but wanted the child to take his medication so that he can lead a healthy life.
“The defendant slapped the child once, in an attempt to send a message that he should not stop taking the life-prolonging drugs. However, the defendant’s conduct resulted in the boy losing his life,” the attorney said.
Sadly, when Ndou hit the boy, he fell head first over a pile of bricks and sustained head injuries, which led to his death.