Trio held for torched house

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

THREE peo­ple in­clud­ing a 16-year-old boy from Bu­l­awayo have been ar­rested for al­legedly torch­ing a house in which the teenager’s un­cle was sleep­ing.

Ted­dias Sibanda (18), Mh­languli Si­gan­dula (27) and the boy, who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons, ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube fac­ing at­tempted mur­der charges.

The trio was not asked to plead for al­legedly try­ing to kill Ephraim Chidyag­wai (33) and re­manded in cus­tody to Septem­ber 14. Sibanda and Si­gan­dula are Chidyag­wai’s neigh­bours.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Mar­garet Takawira said on Au­gust 26 at around 10PM, the three con­nived and hatched a plan to set on fire a house in which Chidyag­wai was sleep­ing.

“In pur­suit of their plan, they pro­ceeded to the com­plainant’s home in Iminyela. Upon ar­rival they un­law­fully at­tempted to cause the death of Chidyag­wai who was asleep in the house,” Ms Takawira said.

“They took a wooden cup­board which was be­hind the house and placed it next to a win­dow where the com­plainant was sleep­ing and set it on fire. The fire spread into the house.’”

She said neigh­bours saw the fire and rushed to the house to alert Chidyag­wai who was still sleep­ing.

“The com­plainant man­aged to force open the door and es­caped un­hurt. The fire was then put out by those who had gath­ered around,” said Ms Takawira.

Prop­erty worth $350 was dam­aged. — @andile_t­shuma

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