Man ‘kills’ un­cle in fight over matches

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - From Mashudu Net­sianda in Hwange

A MAN from Iny­athi al­legedly fa­tally stabbed his un­cle fol­low­ing a dis­pute over a box of matches and a 10 cents bond coin.

Am­bi­tion Calm Sibanda (24) of Lukona Vil­lage yes­ter­day ap­peared be­fore Bulawayo High Court judge, Jus­tice Fran­cis Bere, on cir­cuit in Hwange fac­ing a mur­der charge in con­nec­tion with the death of Ino Mpofu who was aged 38.

Sibanda, who was ini­tially jointly charged with Ever­son Mpofu (23), al­legedly stabbed his un­cle be­low the left ear us­ing an Okapi knife and he died on the spot.

How­ever, Ever­son’s charges were with­drawn be­fore plea due to lack of ev­i­dence link­ing him to the al­leged of­fence.

Prose­cut­ing, Ms Na­mati­rai Ng­washa said on Jan­uary 1 this year shortly af­ter 5AM, Mpofu was drink­ing beer with his wife, Ms Si­bonile Ny­athi, at a lo­cal vil­lage tuck-shop.

The cou­ple was part of a group of pa­trons who were drink­ing and cel­e­brat­ing New Year’s Day.

Ms Ng­washa said the de­ceased, who was drunk, pulled Sibanda out of the tuck-shop and tripped him. He then al­legedly knelt on top of his nephew and held him with both hands fol­low­ing a mis­un­der­stand­ing which em­anated from a box of matches and a 10 cent bond coin.

“Dur­ing the scuf­fle, Ever­son emerged and handed over the Okapi knife to Sibanda who then stabbed Mpofu on the left ear and he died on the spot,” said Ms Ng­washa.

A re­port was made to the po­lice lead­ing to Sibanda’s ar­rest.

Sibanda, through his lawyer, Mr Vuy­isile Mpofu of VJ Mpofu and As­so­ciates, said he acted in self-de­fence af­ter the de­ceased pro­voked him.

“We were drink­ing beer with my un­cle when he searched me and took my box of matches and $3. He started at­tack­ing me say­ing I was dis­re­spect­ful re­sult­ing in a fight,” said Sibanda.

He said he ac­ci­den­tally stabbed his un­cle while try­ing to es­cape from the at­tack.

“I stabbed the de­ceased as he was ad­vanc­ing to­wards me. In fact, I didn’t re­alise I would in­jure him be­cause I ac­tu­ally turned around and swung my arm back­wards and in the process I ac­ci­den­tally stabbed him,” said Sibanda.

Mr Proud Sikhosana, a neigh­bour, said he tried to re­strain the two from fight­ing.

“I found the de­ceased on top of the ac­cused per­son and he held him by his throat. I tried to re­strain them and that is when the ac­cused per­son pulled out a knife from his pair of trousers and stabbed his un­cle once on the left ear and he died on the spot,” said Mr Sikhosana.

Jus­tice Bere is ex­pected to de­liver judg­ment to­day. — @mash­nets

A cy­clist along Bulawayo-Nya­mandlovu Road turns around as a veld fire rages in this file photo

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