Man ‘torches’ friend’s hut

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National/gender/health News - Lim­pret Moyo Sun­day News Re­porter

A-38-YEAR-OLD Fort Rixon man in In­siza District, Mata­bele­land South, al­legedly burnt his col­league’s prop­erty worth more than $3 000 fol­low­ing a mis­un­der­stand­ing at a bot­tle store.

The man, Eli­jah Ndlovu of Vil­lage 2, Pi­o­neer, Fort Rixon fol­lowed Mr Du­misani Mguni of the same vil­lage to his home­stead and al­legedly set fire to Mr Mguni’s bed­room hut while he was bathing.

Ndlovu ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Ms Rachel Mukanga on charges of ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty last week.

He de­nied the charges lev­elled against him and Ms Mukanga re­manded him in cus­tody to 4 Septem­ber for trial.

For the State, Mr Nkat­hazo Dlodlo told the court that on 17 Au­gust 2017 at Pi­o­neer Vil­lage 2, Fort Rixon at about 7pm, Ndlovu and Mr Mguni had a mis­un­der­stand­ing at a bot­tle store.

Mr Mguni then went to his home­stead and Ndlovu fol­lowed him and set ablaze his bed­room hut while he was bathing. Af­ter the act, Ndlovu ran away and was seen by Mr Mguni’s child who was in the kitchen.

Mr Mguni only man­aged to re­move his three other chil­dren who were sleep­ing in­side the hut but prop­erty val­ued at $3 379 was burnt to ashes. The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice, lead­ing to Ndlovu’s ar­rest.

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