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Chiwundura woman spared jail for killing neighbour over stray cattle

16/07/2017 00:00:00
by Midlands Correspondent
 
 
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GWERU: A 53-year-old woman from Chiwundura was on Friday lucky to escape prison after she was ordered to perform 520 hours of community service for hitting her neighbour with a log to death in a dispute over stray cattle.

Letwin Garatiya of Chinyama Village under Chief Gambiza assaulted Tinos Magedhi (63) after the deceased's cattle had strayed into her garden.

Appearing before Midlands regional magistrate Morgan Nemadire on charges of culpable homicide, Garatiya pleaded guilty and begged for leniency, saying she was not in her normal senses when she committed the crime.

Nemadire sentenced Garatiya to five years in prison but conditionally suspended two years.

A further three years were suspended on condition that Garatiya performs 520 hours of community service at Muchakata police post.

Prosecutors told the court that on August 26 last year, Garatiya approached Magedhi at his homestead to inquire why his cattle had strayed into her garden.

"A misunderstanding arose between the two. The accused then proceeded to her homestead and picked up a log from the yard. She went back to the victim's homestead, found him in his kitchen hut and ordered him to come out," said the prosecutor.

"The (now) deceased went outside the hut and accused person who was armed with a log used it to strike the victim on his head. The victim sustained a wound on his head because of the assault."

Magedhi was rushed to Muchakata clinic where he was transferred to Gweru Provincial Hospital. He died two days later as a result of the injuries.



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