A Bulawayo man allegedly killed his companion with a kitchen knife following a beerhall brawl last month.
Arthur Prince Zulu (22) of Nguboyenja was not formally charged with murder when he briefly appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Ndumo Masuku on Tuesday.
He was remanded in custody to July 26.
Prosecutor Admire Chikwayi told the court that on June 11, at around 6.30pm, the now deceased Brian Chinanga (28) was drinking beer with friends at Happy Valley Tavern in Nguboyenja.
Zulu arrived in the bar and went to where Chinanga was seated with his drinking partners and requested for a sip of beer.
Chinanga allegedly advised him to buy some beer first and bring it to where they were seated as a condition for him to join the party.
Zulu allegedly got angry and exchanged harsh words with Chinanga.
The verbal altercation degenerated into a fistfight before their friends intervened and restrained them.
Zulu left the bar in a fit of rage and went to his home where he allegedly armed himself with a kitchen knife.
He returned to the bar and challenged Chinanga to a fight.
Zulu allegedly stabbed Chinanga once on the left side of the chest felling him instantly. A report was made to police, leading to Zulu’s arrest.
Chinanga was taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals where he died 11 days later.