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Man nearly loses eye in brawl


A Binga man struck his neighbour with a brick on the left eye following an altercation during a social gathering resulting in him sustaining permanent sight damage.

Godard Munkuli (20) of Fulunga village under Chief Saba in Binga pleaded guilty to assault when he appeared before Binga resident magistrate Stephen Ndlovu on Tuesday.

The magistrate convicted him on his own plea of guilty and remanded him in custody to today for sentence.
Prosecutor Bruce Maphosa told the court that on August 24 this year, Munkuli and the complainant, Phenius Mumpande (37) of Mawinyu village under Chief Saba, were at a social gathering at Fulunga football pitch.

The court heard there was a serious misunderstanding between the two over an unspecified issue.
It is the state’s case the misunderstanding degenerated into a fistfight.

Munkuli is said to have suddenly picked a brick which he used to strike Mumpande once on the left eye.
Mumpande sustained a serious eye injury and was taken to a Bulawayo hospital for examination and treatment.

The medical doctor who examined Mumpande established that the injuries he sustained were serious and permanent.

The medical report compiled indicated Mumpande would not be able to see properly with the affected eye.

On being asked in court why he assaulted Mumpande, Munkuli said Mumpande had initially assaulted him with bare hands and that angered him prompting him to strike him with the brick.

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