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