The Sunday News
Sukoluhle Ndlovu, Midlands Correspondent
A 19-YEAR-OLD student at Zimbabwe School of Mines allegedly murdered his cousin over a yet to be established misunderstanding.
The teen Takudzwa Chindi of Sebanga Park suburb in Shurugwi, was not to asked to plead when he appeared before Shurugwi Magistrate Ms Sithabile Zungula facing one count of murder after stabbing Broklen Gumbo (16) to death.
Ms Zungula remanded Chindi in custody to April 16 and advised him to apply for bail from The High Court.
Prosecuting Bertha Bore told the court that on April 6, the accused took a knife and entered the deceased’s bedroom.
“On 6 April around 1530hrs, the accused took a kitchen knife, entered Gumbo’s bedroom and stabbed him once on the neck,” said Bore.
The court heard that Chindi was seen by his mother and his younger brother with a blood stained knife after committing the gruesome murder.
“The accused person was seen by his mother Angela Chindi and his younger brother Tapiwa Chindi carrying a blood stained knife soon after committing the crime. He also threatened the two with murder before fleeing from the scene,” said Bore.
After fleeing from the scene, Chindi’s mother reported the matter to the police and Gumbo’s body was ferried to Bulawayo for postmortem.
The court heard that Chindi escaped from holding cells after his arrest.
“Following his arrest, Chindi escaped from the cells, and was re-arrested a few hours latter while trying to flee to neighbouring South Africa where his father is based,” said Bore.