Man killed, dumped at po­lice base

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda

A MAN from Ma­tobo ganged up with two ac­com­plices, one of them his nephew, and fa­tally stabbed a vil­lager, rip­ping his stom­ach open be­fore dump­ing him at an aban­doned po­lice base where he later died.

Jo­hannes Moyo (45) of Kezi who has been on the run for al­most 14 years af­ter al­legedly killing Japhet Sit­hole (31) in 2002, yes­ter­day ap­peared be­fore Bulawayo High Court judge Jus­tice Nokuthula Moyo fac­ing a mur­der charge.

Jus­tice Moyo is ex­pected to de­liver judgment on De­cem­ber 2.

The trio stabbed Sit­hole, who was em­ployed at Pil­low Mine in Kezi, six times lead­ing to his death for walk­ing into a bar car­ry­ing a ham­mer.

Moyo con­nived with his nephew, Fran­cisco Phiri and Novity Ndlovu to al­legedly com­mit the grue­some mur­der.

Phiri is on the run while Ndlovu died be­fore he was ar­rested.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Trust Muduma said on May 25, 2002, at about 9PM, Moyo and his ac­com­plices were drink­ing beer at a bar at Nd­a­bankulu Busi­ness Cen­tre in Kezi when Sit­hole walked in car­ry­ing a ham­mer.

He said the three men in­ter­cepted Sit­hole as he was go­ing to­wards the counter and de­manded to know why he was car­ry­ing a ham­mer in the bar.

Sit­hole told the trio that he in­tended to hand it over to the bar lady for safe­keep­ing, but the three men were not con­vinced.

They at­tacked him and con­fis­cated the ham­mer.

Mr Muduma said Ndlovu punched Sit­hole and he fell down be­fore Moyo and his nephew joined in and started as­sault­ing him.

Sit­hole rose to his feet and bolted out of the bar and ran to­wards a nearby po­lice base with the three men hot in pur­suit.

When Sit­hole ar­rived at the po­lice base, there was no one to at­tend to him and he ran back to­wards the busi­ness cen­tre to seek refuge.

“Moyo and his two ac­com­plices caught up with Sit­hole be­fore he had reached the shops. They pushed him to the ground and pinned him down. Ndlovu and Phiri held Sit­hole’s hands as Moyo stabbed him on the stom­ach and chest,” said Mr Muduma.

They dragged Sit­hole to the aban­doned po­lice base where they dumped him be­fore they fled leav­ing him for dead.

Sit­hole died while be­ing taken to Maphisa Hos­pi­tal by a Good Sa­mar­i­tan.

A re­port was made to the po­lice lead­ing to the ar­rest of Moyo about 14 years later af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with an undis­closed ail­ment and got ad­mit­ted to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

Moyo’s brother, Raphael yes­ter­day took to the wit­ness stand and de­scribed how he tried to re­strain his sib­ling from at­tack­ing Sit­hole.

“I tried to re­strain my younger brother from at­tack­ing the de­ceased and in the process he stabbed me on the hand af­ter missed his tar­get. There was blood all over the place,” he said.

Eg­nat Ny­athi, who also wit­nessed the in­ci­dent, gave graphic de­tails of how Moyo and his ac­com­plices bru­tally at­tacked Sit­hole as he and other wit­nesses watched help­lessly.

Ac­cord­ing to a post­mortem re­port, the cause of death was due to haem­or­rhagic shock, as­sault and mul­ti­ple wounds.

In his defence through his lawyer Ms Taboka Ny­athi of Vundhla-Phulu and Part­ners, Moyo said he re­tal­i­ated af­ter Sit­hole at­tacked him first.

“It was not my in­ten­tion to kill Sit­hole. I was an­gry with him be­cause he had in­flicted in­juries on me and I there­fore re­tal­i­ated,” he said. — @mash­nets

Jo­hannes Moyo

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