ZIMBABWE – Ten people, including a 16-year-old teenager yesterday appeared in court for fatally stoning a suspected thief after they found him unlocking their neighbour’s door at night.
Pasca Bunya (37), Nota Nota (46), Kuziva Gopo (37), Shungu Ngwaru (33), Prince Magutakuona (44), Gilbert Gocha (38), Nicholas Nyamundanda (34), Caroline Mutandwa (28), Tafadzwa Nota (25) and a 16-year- old boy were charged with murder when they appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Elijah Makomo.
Mr Makomo released the adults on $100 bail each while the boy was released on free bail.
As part of their bail conditions, the 10 were ordered to stay at their given addresses and not to interfere with State witnesses.
They will be back in court on January 29 for trial.
Allegations are that on September 9 last year, the 10 teamed up and assaulted the now deceased with bricks and sjamboks alleging that he was a thief after they found him trying to unlock Bunya’s door at around 2am.
The court heard that the 10 assaulted the now deceased who succumbed to injuries sustained from the assault leading to their arrest.
Meanwhile, two suspected robbers appeared in court on Wednesday for fatally stoning a man before stealing his valuables and $120 in cash.
Tatenda Gwanda (22) and Saymore Dzimaita (22) were charged with murder when they appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Elijah Makomo.
Mr Makomo remanded the two in custody to January 29 for their trial.
Prosecutor Mrs Idah Maromo alleged that on November 8 2014 along Hurst Road, Waterfalls in Harare Gwanda and Dzamaita waylaid Caleb Muzunze along the road as he was coming from work.
The court heard that the two suddenly started stonning Muzunze on the head until he fell the ground. When Muzunze fell down, it is alleged that Gwanda and Dzamaita started searching him and stole a black grey satchel containing groceries, Nokia Asha cellphone and a wallet with $120.
Muzunze was rushed to hospital by passerbys where he died on admission on November 12 2014.
The two were arrested on November 17 and they led police to the recovery of Muzunze’s satchel at their place of residence.