Man stabs teen in beer brawl

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A 19-YEAR-OLD man has pleaded guilty to at­tempted mur­der for stab­bing an­other teenager twice dur­ing a beer brawl.

Ones­imo Ma­purisa of no fixed abode ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube fac­ing at­tempted mur­der charges.

Ma­purisa stabbed Gary Ncube, a teenager whose ex­act age was not given.

The in­ci­dent took place on Wed­nes­day in Mag­wegwe sub­urb.

The mag­is­trate re­manded Ma­purisana in cus­tody to Septem­ber 6 for sen­tenc­ing.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Mu­faro Mageza said on Wed­nes­day at around 1AM, Ncube was walk­ing with his friends from Mazai­wana Sports Bar in Mag­wegwe sub­urb when they met Ma­purisa.

“The ac­cused per­son ap­proached the com­plainant and asked him why he was re­fus­ing to share a beer with him. Ncube asked to be left alone but the ac­cused per­son did not take it lightly and went on to hit him on the head. The com­plainant al­legedly moved back to avoid Ncube,” said Mr Mageza.

Ma­purisa al­legedly pro­duced a beer bot­tle and charged to­wards Ncube.

“The ac­cused per­son then pulled out an empty beer bot­tle. He smashed it on the ground and ad­vanced to­wards the com­plainant and stabbed him twice on his left ear and above the left ear, in­flict­ing se­ri­ous wounds,” Mr Mageza said.

Ma­purisa ran away and Ncube’s friends ap­pre­hended him and called the po­lice, lead­ing to his ar­rest.

Ncube sus­tained deep cuts on his head and ear and was taken to Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. Ma­purisa is not new to the courts. Last week, he was ar­raigned for three counts of stock theft and pleaded guilty to one count.

He and three other friends were con­victed of steal­ing 20 pi­geons and five rab­bits. They were fined $90 (or 30 days in jail). — @andile_t­shuma

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