Christ­mas Day party killer sen­tenced for homi­cide

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

A TEENAGER from Lu­pane who killed his neigh­bour fol­low­ing a dis­pute af­ter he was thrown out of a Christ­mas Day party was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to six years in jail.

Bu­l­awayo High Court judge Jus­tice Fran­cis Bere, who is on cir­cuit in Hwange, con­victed Car­ring­ton Moyo (19) of Foresta Line Vil­lage of a lesser charge of cul­pa­ble homi­cide in con­nec­tion with the death of Mjab­u­lisi Nde­bele who was aged 35 last year.

How­ever, Moyo will serve an ef­fec­tive four years in jail af­ter two years of the sen­tence were sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion that he does not within that pe­riod com­mit a sim­i­lar crime.

In pass­ing the sen­tence, Jus­tice Bere ex­pressed con­cern over the in­crease in acts of vi­o­lence per­pe­trated by youths.

“Our con­cern is that only youth­ful of­fend­ers ap­pear to have a greater par­tic­i­pa­tion in acts of vi­o­lence and as courts, we have an obli­ga­tion to nip it in bud be­fore it gets out of hand. In ag­gra­va­tion, we are par­tic­u­larly con­cerned by the dis­par­ity in ages be­tween the ac­cused per­son and de­ceased. In fact, Nde­bele was qual­i­fied to be of the same age with ac­cused per­son’s own fa­ther,” said the judge.

Jus­tice Bere said the courts have a duty to pro­tect the sanc­tity of hu­man life through pass­ing de­ter­rent sen­tences to of­fend­ers.

“Ac­cused per­son had the tenac­ity to hit the de­ceased yet un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances, he was sup­posed to run away. There might be no bet­ter way of deal­ing with this chal­lenge (of vi­o­lence) than through im­pos­ing a de­ter­rent sen­tence to dis­cour­age like­minded peo­ple,” ruled the judge.

Prose­cut­ing, Ms Na­mati­rai Ng­washa said Moyo and Nde­bele were part of a crowd that was cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas Day last year at Mr Bel­more Sibanda’s homestead in Foresta Line.

The court heard that at around 9PM, there was com­mo­tion which led to Mr Sibanda switch­ing off his ra­dio and sub­se­quently order­ing peo­ple to leave his homestead. Nde­bele started chas­ing peo­ple away from the homestead. Nde­bele as­saulted Moyo with a glass drop­per on the back. Moyo re­tal­i­ated by strik­ing the de­ceased with a knobker­rie once on the head and he col­lapsed.— @mash­nets.

Car­ring­ton Moyo

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