Published On: Wed, Oct 26th, 2016

Villagers gang up, bash ‘thief’ to death

 CHIVI: Seven villagers here teamed up to beat a stranger to death suspecting him to be a thief who was behind a spate of robberies in the area.

Dambudzo  Poterai (50), her son, Methew Poterai (age not given), Joseph Dzingirai (65), Thomas Mazhambe  (45),  Lloyd Muroyi (28), Levison Nyamande (36) and  Amon Masocha  (44), all from Gororo village in Chivi, were dragged to court  accused of killing Given Togara (26) in 2012.

They appeared at the High Court after spending four years in remand and will be back in court on November 15 this year.

According to court papers, the murder took place on the 30th of January in 2012 at around 1300 hours.

Dambudzo allegedly saw the now deceased Togara leaning against the wall of her house while she was in a nearby field. According to prosecutors, Dambudzo ran back to her homestead and called out to other villagers shouting that there was an intruder at her home.

Togara reportedly ran towards the mountains after seeing a mob carrying knobkerries, hoe handles and rubber whips advancing towards him, but was eventually caught before he could make good his escape.

“Deceased was then tied both hands using a rope and was led down the mountain on the path leading him to a police constabulary’s home and was made to sit down.

“Dambudzo then joined the crowd and took a hoe handle and hit the deceased once on the head with it and it broke, she also picked a stone and hit the deceased once on the head with it, while six others joined in the assault,” reads the court report.

Prosecutors allege that Togara was forced to walk for about 200m being assaulted all over the body by the villagers and being interrogated why he was at Dambudzo’s homestead  and being forced to admit being a thief that had terrorised the village.

“He was led towards Zunga Business Centre but failed to walk and was put in a wheel barrow; one villager, Amon Masocha, then called the police who advised to meet with him at Zunga Business Centre.

“The deceased then asked for some water before he stopped breathing,” court papers read.

The police later came and collected the deceased’s body before arresting the seven.

A post mortem result from Masvingo provincial hospital concluded that Togara died as a result of head injuries and excessive bleeding.

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