Kombi crew at­tacks pas­sen­ger

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A COM­MUTER om­nibus crew al­legedly stoned a pas­sen­ger (58) and hit him with their ve­hi­cle, leav­ing him for dead, af­ter he com­plained about loud ra­dio vol­ume, a court heard.

Eli­pio Garikai Cha­bata (27) of Bulawayo’s Cow­dray Park and Em­manuel Biti (21) of Emakhan­deni ap­peared on Mon­day be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu for at­tempt­ing to kill Mr Thani Ng­wenya of Cow­dray Park.

Mr Ndhlovu did not ask them to plead and re­manded them in cus­tody to to­mor­row.

Cha­bata and Biti at­tempted to ne­go­ti­ate with the mag­is­trate to re­mand them out of cus­tody, draw­ing chuck­les from the gallery.

Cha­bata said: “Please con­sider that I have a preg­nant wife and she is at an ad­vanced stage and can­not cope alone. May I come to court from home on Thurs­day?”

The mag­is­trate de­clined his re­quest and Cha­bata ne­go­ti­ated fur­ther, be­fore the mag­is­trate asked prison guards to lead the duo out of the court.

“Okay, how about you grant us bail then. By the way, this man (Biti) was not there when ev­ery­thing hap­pened, can he go then?” pleaded Cha­bata.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Ken­neth Shava said on July 14 at night, Ng­wenya boarded a com­muter om­nibus along 6th Av­enue Ex­ten­sion.

Along the way an­other pas­sen­ger, Faith Mandin­ganya, asked the kombi driver to re­duce his vol­ume as she needed to make a call. The driver al­legedly re­fused.

Mr Shava said: “All the pas­sen­gers started com­plain­ing about the loud vol­ume and un­for­tu­nately they all dis­em­barked first, leav­ing the com­plainant in the ve­hi­cle, with the crew.”

The court heard that near Mahlathini Pri­mary School in Cow­dray Park, the duo al­legedly started at­tack­ing Ng­wenya.

The prose­cu­tor said: “The driver stopped the ve­hi­cle, went round to the pas­sen­ger door and pulled out the com­plainant from the ve­hi­cle and to­gether with his as­sis­tant heav­ily as­saulted him us­ing stones, bricks and fists sev­eral times all over the body un­til the com­plainant fell down.”

“The com­plainant tried to get up and stag­ger away. How­ever, the driver got into his car and hit the com­plainant on the right side.”

Ng­wenya sus­tained two deep cuts on the head and suf­fered a bro­ken left arm. He was re­ferred to hospi­tal where a doc­tor’s med­i­cal re­port was ob­tained. — @ andile_t­shuma

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