Mag­is­trate slams ‘stupid’ man who fought neigh­bour over girl­friend

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A WESTERN Com­mon­age Mag­is­trate has de­scribed a man who hit his neigh­bour with a brick and at­tempted to stab him with a kitchen knife fol­low­ing a mis­un­der­stand­ing trig­gered by his girl­friend as stupid.

World Ncube (21) of En­tum­bane Sub­urb ap­peared be­fore Mr Stephen Ndhlovu fac­ing as­sault charges.

He was fined $50, but if he fails to pay by Septem­ber 30 he will be jailed for three months.

Ncube pleaded not guilty to the charge but later said he was sorry about his ac­tions.

“I am sorry. I only meant to pro­tect my girl­friend,’’ said Ncube.

Mag­is­trate Ndhlovu said Ncube was fool­ish to at­tack some­one over a girl­friend who may as well end up dump­ing him.

“If it was your wife, it would be un­der­stand­able, but a girl­friend who can leave you any­time while you are rot­ting in pri­son, wise up,” he said.

“There is a very thin line be­tween a hero and a fool­ish, stupid per­son. In this case you were very stupid.”

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Ken­neth Shava said Ncube went to the house of Mr Mqon­disi Ncube (20), his neigh­bour, armed with a knife.

He asked him why he had al­legedly as­saulted his girl­friend.

“On Au­gust 16 at around 7PM, ac­cused per­son went to the com­plainant’s place and started ac­cus­ing him of hav­ing as­saulted his (ac­cused’s) girl­friend. The com­plainant told him to leave him alone as he had not as­saulted his girl­friend,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

“The ac­cused per­son then took a kitchen knife in­tend­ing to stab the com­plainant. He sus­tained bruises on his neck.”

The court heard that Mqon­disi at­tempted to run away from his home, but Ncube picked a brick and hit him on the back.-@andile_t­shuma

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