Thupeyo Muleya, Beitbridge Bureau
A 29-year-old-man from Nuli area in Beitbridge East constituency has been jailed for an effective three years for ripping open a fellow villager’s stomach with a knife.
Hardlife Phumani Mbedzi who resides under Chief Matibe is accused of trying to kill Promotion Ndou (27) as punishment for stopping him from fighting another man on New Year’s Day.
Mbedzi on January 2, stabbed Ndou at Nuli Business Centre in the neck and stomach, leaving his intestines exposed.
He pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder on Friday, but Beitbridge Regional Magistrate Ms Sthembiso Ndebele convicted him on the strength of the State’s evidence.
The accused was left with three years effective to serve when the magistrate conditionally suspended one-year from the 4-year-jail-term for five years.
Prosecuting, Ms Tsitsi Mtukwa said on New Year’s Day, Mbedzi got into a fight with another man at Nuli Business Centre and was restrained by Ndou.
She said at around 3 am the following day, the accused approached the complainant and asked him to accompany him to the toilets behind one of the shops.
Upon getting to a secluded area behind the shops Mbedzi withdrew a knife and told Ndou he was punishing him for being a Good Samaritan.
He then stabbed the complainant in the neck and stomach leaving his intestines protruding and disappeared into the night, leaving his victim unconscious.
Ndou was found by a passerby who rushed him to a local clinic, where he was further referred to United Bulawayo Hospitals for treatment.
The matter was then reported to the police who arrested Mbedzi while hiding in a bushy area close to his homestead.