$200 fine for dump­ing corpse in kitchen

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Wynne Zanamwe

A 47-YEAR-OLD vil­lager from Silo­bela has been fined $200 for dump­ing his brother’s body in a kitchen hut at his neigh­bour’s home­stead de­mand­ing three beasts as com­pen­sa­tion for his death.

Remi­gio Sibanda of Vil­lage 16 un­der Chief Ntabeni, Silo­bela, ap­peared be­fore Kwekwe Mag­is­trate Mrs Vim­bai Mtukwa fac­ing one count of ex­tor­tion.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $200.

Sibanda faces 60 days im­pris­on­ment if he de­faults on the fine.

“What you did was un­law­ful and so­ci­ety can­not be al­lowed to take the law into its own hands. You are fined $200 or 60 days in prison. In ad­di­tion 30 days im­pris­on­ment is sus­pended on con­di­tion the ac­cused per­son resti­tutes the com­plainant the one beast she sur­ren­dered,” said Mrs Mtukwa.

In his de­fence, Sibanda told the court that he was just rep­re­sent­ing his fam­ily.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Mary Chipanga said on March 16 Mlungisi Sibanda died af­ter be­ing as­saulted by a group of peo­ple fol­low­ing a mis­un­der­stand­ing.

“On March 22 at around 6AM, the ac­cused per­son act­ing in com­mon pur­pose with his fa­ther Mexen Sibanda, who is still at large ex­erted il­le­git­i­mate pres­sure on Ju­lia Mbangwe.

“The ac­cused per­son and his fa­ther went with the corpse of Mlungisi to Mbangwe’s home­stead claim­ing that her sons had caused the death of Mlungisi and as such de­manded three cat­tle from the com­plainant be­fore the burial of the de­ceased,” said Ms Chipanga.

The court heard that Ms Mbangwe gave them only one beast in­stead of the three they had de­manded.

She said that the ac­cused per­son then left the de­ceased’s body in the com­plainant’s kitchen and went away.

“This forced the com­plainant to flee from her home­stead and she went to stay at her neigh­bour’s home­stead be­fore a re­port was made to the po­lice lead­ing to the ar­rest of the ac­cused per­son,” said Ms Chipanga.— @wyn­nezane

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