10 years jail for man who killed, fed work­mate to hye­nas

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A MAN from Lu­pane who killed his work­mate and hid the body in a bush near Mato­pos Na­tional Park where it was de­voured by hye­nas, was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to 10 years in jail.

Post­mortem re­sults show that the heart, tongue, tra­chea, mouth, gen­er­a­tive or­gans, kid­neys, liver, blad­der, in­testines and other stom­ach con­tents were miss­ing.

Bu­l­awayo High Court judge Jus­tice Nokuthula Moyo con­victed God­frey Mlalazi (41) of Sis­hane Vil­lage 4 of a lesser charge of cul­pa­ble homi­cide for killing Mr Tha­bani Ncube (41) in De­cem­ber 2014.

Mlalazi al­legedly struck Ncube with a knobker­rie on the head and the de­com­posed body was dis­cov­ered a week later by a search party com­pris­ing vil­lagers and po­lice.

Mlalazi will serve an ef­fec­tive seven years in jail af­ter three years of the sen­tence were sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion that he does not within that pe­riod com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence.

In pass­ing sen­tence, Jus­tice Moyo con­demned acts of vi­o­lence, say­ing the courts frowned upon such con­duct.

“You struck the de­ceased with a knobker­rie at the back of the head which is a vul­ner­a­ble part of the body. This court has time and again lamented loss of life through vi­o­lence. It’s abom­inable for peo­ple to butcher each other af­ter par­tak­ing al­co­hol,” said the judge.

Jus­tice Moyo said the courts had a duty to up­hold the sanc­tity of life through pass­ing de­ter­rent sen­tences on of­fend­ers.

“So­ci­ety should be re­minded that life is sacred and the courts frown upon such con­duct. This is one case where a life was un­nec­es­sar­ily lost for the flim­si­est of ex­cuses,” ruled the judge.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Thomp­son Hove said on De­cem­ber 8, 2014 at about 11PM, Mr Ncube, Mlalazi, Nkosiyazi Ng­wenya and Knowl­edge Math­wasa were com­ing from a beer drink at Wild East Farm in Kezi. He said when the quar­tet reached Plot Num­ber 19, Ng­wenya and Math­wasa parted ways with Mlalazi and Mr Ncube.

A few min­utes later, Mr Ncube and Mlalazi started quar­relling.

Mlalazi al­legedly ac­cused the de­ceased of re­port­ing him to the po­lice for as­sault­ing Math­wasa the pre­vi­ous day.

The quar­rel de­gen­er­ated into a scuf­fle and the noise at­tracted Ng­wenya and Math­wasa who re­turned to the scene and found the two men fight­ing.

Mr Ncube, who ap­peared to be on the re­ceiv­ing end, tried to flee but Mlalazi caught up with him and struck him on the back of his head with a knobker­rie.

Mr Ncube al­legedly col­lapsed af­ter run­ning a short dis­tance.

“Mlalazi fled the scene to­gether with Ng­wenya and Math­wasa and left Ncube ly­ing un­con­scious on the ground where he later died,” said Mr Hove.

Mr Ncube’s re­mains were dis­cov­ered on De­cem­ber 16 by vil­lagers and po­lice. The re­mains were in a state of de­com­po­si­tion and some body parts were miss­ing af­ter they were eaten by hye­nas.

One of the wit­nesses, Mr Themba Dube, who was Mr Ncube’s neigh­bour, said he last saw him while he was with Mlalazi, Ng­wenya and Math­wasa drink­ing beer at Wild East Farm.

The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, Che­laude Kimu, said when they ar­rived at the scene, they found the re­mains strewn in a bushy area about 50 me­tres from the road.

He said the re­mains were partly eaten by wild an­i­mals as ev­i­denced by tracks of hye­nas. One of Ncube’s rel­a­tives, who was also part of the search team, pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied the de­ceased by his clothes.

Mlalazi, Ng­wenya and Math­wasa led po­lice to the scene for indi­ca­tions where a knobker­rie al­legedly used in the com­mis­sion of the crime was found.

Mlalazi through his lawyer, Mr Sife­lani Mlambo, ad­mit­ted that he as­saulted Mr Ncube fol­low­ing a dis­pute, but de­nied that he caused his death. He pleaded for le­niency, say­ing he was a sole bread­win­ner tak­ing care of his two mi­nor chil­dren. — @mash­nets.

God­frey Mlalazi

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