A 27-year-old Glen View man is reportedly living with a bullet-head precariously lodged in his neck, nearly five months after surviving death by a whisker.
Blessing Maisiri of Glen View 1 in Harare was allegedly shot by Police Detective Sergeant Luckmore Lapkin (27) on March 31 at a shebeen in the high-density suburb.
The same bullet nearly killed another Glen View resident, Kudakwashe Pride Murwira, who was hit below the left ear before it exited through the back of his neck and eventually hitting Maisiri.
Lapkin appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court yesterday where his trial on attempted murder charges was supposed to kick off but the matter was postponed to Friday following a request by his lawyer.
According to the State case, the incident which nearly took away the two men’s lives occurred at around 8pm on the day in question when Lapkin visited a house along 10th Crescent in the same neighbourhood where there was a shebeen and a pool table.
It is alleged Lapkin, who is a duly attested member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, was provoked by the shebeen owner, whose identity was not disclosed in the State papers, after referring to him as a member of the neighbourhood watch committee.
The utterances by the shebeen owner prompted Lapkin to place his service pistol on the pool table and ordered all the patrons to leave the premises.
The State alleges that as people were slowly leaving the premises through a small gate, Lapkin fired one shot towards the exiting patrons and in the process the bullet hit the two complainants.
Both Maisiri and Murwira were rushed to hospital where they received treatment on the injuries sustained, but the bullet-head lodged in Maisiri’s neck could not be removed due to medical complications.
The matter was reported to the police and during investigations police officers recovered one spent cartridge at the scene of the incident, leading to Lapkin’s arrest.