Boy (9) killed af­ter scotch cart crushes his head

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

A NINE-YEAR-OLD old boy from Mangwe Dis­trict died on the spot af­ter a scotch cart he was rid­ing in over­turned and crushed his head.

Chief Ho­bodo con­firmed the in­ci­dent which killed, Themba Moyo, a Grade 4 pupil at a school in Ho­bodo Ward on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

He said the boy who lived with his grand­par­ents left in a don­key drawn scotch cart for the shops with­out alert­ing his guardians.

Chief Ho­bodo said while he was on his way back home, one of the scotch cart wheels hit a tree stump and the scotch cart over­turned.

“On his way back the boy is sus­pected to have been trav­el­ling at a high speed. The left wheel of the scotch cart hit a tree stump which was by the road­side. The scotch cart over­turned and hit the boy on the head,” he said.

Chief Ho­bodo said vil­lagers who at­tended the scene found the boy al­ready dead.

In another in­ci­dent, a 20-year-old Bulil­ima man was con­victed on his own plea of guilty to cul­pa­ble homi­cide for caus­ing the death of his six-year-old brother who died in a scotch cart mishap.

Siphamandla Ndovu (20) of Bem­benene Vil­lage in Gambo area was driv­ing the scotch cart which had three pas­sen­gers on board. The two other pas­sen­gers es­caped un­harmed while Asande Dube died af­ter sus­tain­ing head in­juries. Ndlovu was con­victed by Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Li­vard Phile­mon.

He was sen­tenced to nine months im­pris­on­ment and three months were sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion that he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence within that pe­riod.

The re­main­ing six months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that he per­forms 210 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at Man­guba Pri­mary School.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said the in­ci­dent oc­curred on July 13 at around 3PM.

“Ndlovu was driv­ing a don­key drawn scotch cart with three pas­sen­gers on­board. Upon reach­ing the two kilometre peg along Man­zam­nyama River Road the don­keys started run­ning and since there was no one lead­ing them they went off the road,’’ she said.

Mrs Sibanda said the scotch cart hit a stump and it over­turned and in the process threw off the driver and the three pas­sen­gers.

She said the scotch cart hit Asande on the head re­sult­ing in his death. — @DubeMatutu

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