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Boy (13) knives peer to death


TSHOLOTSHO — A 13-year-old boy from Tsholotsho allegedly fatally stabbed another boy of his age following a heated argument.

Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Siphiwe Makonese yesterday said the incident occurred last Friday in Chief Gamu’s area.

“The accused, who is 13 years old, met two boys also aged 13 herding cattle along Zazumba River.

“The accused took away the first boy’s cap and dropped it on the ground before demanding bicycle bearings from the other,” Makonese said.

“The second boy refused and the accused then hurled insults at the two boys before slapping both of them.”

Makonese said the accused boy later met the two now in the company of another juvenile also aged 13.

“The accused boy produced an Okapi knife and threatened to stab the first boy, but he ran away.
“As the accused tried to pursue the first boy, the third blocked him and a fistfight broke out.

“In the process, the accused boy stabbed the third juvenile in the chest.

“The stabbed boy suffered a deep cut and died on the spot. Upon realising the juvenile had died, the accused fled the scene.”

Makonese said a report was made to the police on the same day, leading to the arrest of the accused juvenile and recovery of the knife.

The decased’s body was taken to the United Bulawayo Hospitals for a post-mortem.

“We would like to appeal to parents and guardians to discourage children from carrying dangerous weapons,” Makonese said.

“We have carried out a number of awareness campaigns encouraging parents to let their children join the junior police force so that they appreciate the laws of the country and play a role in the prevention of crime.”

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