Lab tech­ni­cian stabbed to death try­ing to stop a fight

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Amanda Chikari Mid­lands Re­porter

A LABORATORY tech­ni­cian at Regina Mundi Girls High School in Gweru died af­ter he was stabbed near the heart with an okapi knife as he at­tempted to stop a fight be­tween his friend and the as­sailant.

Po­lice ar­rested the as­sailant in Harare fol­low­ing a six-day man­hunt.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at about 9PM on Tues­day last week at Red Tuck­shop in Ridge­mont sub­urb which is about 10km from Gweru Cen­tral Busi­ness District (CBD).

The de­ceased, Mr Bri­ga­diah Ma­hachi (28) died the fol­low­ing day at Gweru Provin­cial Hospi­tal where he had been ad­mit­ted.

His at­tacker, Em­manuel Bhu­mure (37) who re­sides at stand num­ber 43 Hert­ford­shire, Gweru, fled to Harare af­ter the in­ci­dent. Po­lice ar­rested Bhu­mure in Harare on Mon­day.

Yes­ter­day Bhu­mure ap­peared be­fore Gweru mag­is­trate Ms Mil­dred Matuvi fac­ing a mur­der charge.

Ms Matuvi re­manded Bhu­mure in cus­tody to Septem­ber 22 and ad­vised him to ap­ply for bail at the High Court.

Bhu­mure told the court that he stabbed Ma­hachi in self de­fence.

“The de­ceased and his friend were as­sault­ing me and I drew a knife and stabbed him. It was not my in­ten­tion to kill him,” he said.

It is al­leged that on Septem­ber 5 at Red tuck­shop, at the 10 kilo­me­tre peg along the Gweru-Harare road, Bhu­mure stabbed Ma­hachi fol­low­ing an undis­closed dis­pute.

Ma­hachi was rushed to Gweru Provin­cial Hospi­tal where he died the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

The court heard that Bhu­mure af­ter stab­bing Ma­hachi fled to Harare.

Ma­hachi’s body was taken to United Bu­l­awayo Hospi­tal (UBH) for post mortem which re­vealed that he died due ex­ces­sive bleed­ing be­cause the stab wound was close to his heart.

Ms Gra­cious Ron­gai is ap­pear­ing for the State.

Em­manuel Bhu­mure

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