Lupane village elder on trial for attempted murder

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By Matabeleland North Correspondent

AN 81-8ear-old Lupane man has been charged with attempted murder, after he allegedly struck a neighbour twice on the head with an axe.

The octogenarian, Nkosembi Khumalo of Zamani Village in Dandanda area, allegedly accused Tinashe Ncube, 38, of stealing his ram.

Khumalo pleaded not guilty to the charge, arguing he acted in self defense after Ncube punched him for asking about his ram.

Hwange regional Magistrate Collet Ncube, remanded Khumalo out of custody to Tuesday, for continuation of trial.

Through his lawyer Thulani Nkala, Khumalo, said as an elderly person, he felt he could not outrun a youthful Ncube.

Prosecutors allege that Ncube fell unconscious after being struck by Khumalo.

“On the 20th day of October 2018 at about 6pm, the accused proceeded to Tinashe Ncube’s homestead carrying an axe.

“Upon arrival, he started accusing the complainant of stealing his sheep and requested to search his bedroom hut,” said the prosecutor.

The court heard that a misunderstanding ensued after Khumalo could not
find his ram in the hut. Ncube was not happy that he had been accused of stealing the livestock.

Khumalo allegedly drew an axe and struck Ncube after the latter
shouted at him, it is alleged.

The complainant’s mother Besty Moyo restrained the two but her son had already collapsed.

A report was made to the police leading to Khumalo’s arrest, while Ncube was rushed to St Luke’s Hospital for treatment.

Charlene Murove-Gorerino prosecuted.