Published On: Wed, Nov 16th, 2016

HIGH COURT: Seven villagers kill stranger suspecting him of being a thief

By Owen Chikari

 MASVINGO- Seven  villagers from Chivi communal lands teamed up  and fatally beat a  stranger  suspecting him to be a thief who was behind a spate of robberies in the area a Masvingo  High court heard  on Tuesday (yesterday).

The villagers pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder when they appeared before justice Garainesu Mawadze . The seven,  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).

The state is alleging that the murder took place on 30 January 2012 at around 1300 hours, when Dambudzo saw the now deceased leaning against the wall of her house while she was in a nearby field.

Prosecutors say Dambudzo ran back to her homestead and called o her husband who was not home.

The state is alleging that Dambudzo then  called  other villagers shouting that there was an intruder at her house.

Prosecutors say the now deceased started running into the mountains after seeing a mob carrying knobkerries, hoe handles and rubber whips advancing towards him, but was eventually as he fled.

The state is alleging that the deceased was then tied both hands using a rope and was led down the mountain leading him to a police constabulary’s home and was made to sit down.

Prosecutors claim that Dambudzo  joined the crowd and took a hoe handle and hit the deceased once on the head  and it broke.

It is alleged that  she later picked up a stone and hit the deceased once on the head with it, while six other joined in the assault.

The state is  alleging that the deceased was forced to walk for about 200m being assaulted all over the body by the villagers.

The deceased was  being interrogated by the villagers as to  why he was at Dambudzo’s homestead.

The deceased was also  being  forced to admit being a thief that had terrorized the village .

He was led towards Zunga business center but failed to walk and was put in a wheel barrow . According to the state Amon Masocha a villager then called the police .

The deceased  according to the state asked for some water before he died.

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

A postmortem conducted by Dr Godfrey Zimbwa at  Masvingo provincial hospital concluded that Togara died as a result of head injuries and excessive bleeding.

The trial of the seven opened this week at the Masvingo High Court after they had spend fours in custody awaiting trial. zimbabwenewday

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