Ex-Col­liery ath­lete killed out­side fu­neral par­lour

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fair­ness Moy­ana Hwange Cor­re­spon­dent

PO­LICE have ar­rested two sus­pected hook­ers and a cook at a ho­tel for al­legedly fa­tally as­sault­ing a for­mer Hwange Col­liery Com­pany Ath­let­ics club ath­lete and dump­ing his body out­side a fu­neral par­lour.

A se­cu­rity guard stum­bled on Se­bas­tian Simukan­cha’s body early Mon­day morn­ing last week, in a drainage trench out­side Nyaradzo Fu­neral par­lour in the coal min­ing town. The body was rid­dled with wounds from the as­sault. The trio, Queen Munkuli (37), Gra­cious Ncube (22) and Don­ald Sibanda (32) of Rail­ways Quar­ters, Thu­lani ho­tel and 207 Ngu­mija were ar­rested last Wed­nes­day.

They ap­peared in court for ini­tial remand, charged with mur­der.

Provin­cial mag­is­trate, Por­tia Mhlanga, re­manded the trio in cus­tody to Au­gust 18.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Ms Love­ness Maseko, said on July 31 Simukan­cha, who had just been paid his salary, was drink­ing at around 11PM at Thu­lani ho­tel.

She said he had a mis­un­der­stand­ing over an un­spec­i­fied issue with Munkuli which de­gen­er­ated into a fight.

On notic­ing that her friend was in­volved in a fight Ncube joined in and struck Simukan­cha on the fore­head with an empty beer bot­tle, the court heard.

“In no time Sibanda who is a cook at the ho­tel later joined in the as­sault be­fore punch­ing and kick­ing Simukan­cha sev­eral times all over the body,” said Ms Maseko.

The court heard Simukan­cha sus­tained head and body in­juries, which caused his death — ac­cord­ing to the post­mortem re­port.

The State op­posed bail ar­gu­ing that the trio was a flight risk as they faced a se­ri­ous of­fence with a pos­si­bil­ity of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment.

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